Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Notebook on the College Language Association Journal

By Kenton Rambsy and Howard Rambsy II

As longtime members of the College Language Association, we decided to produce a series of entries related to the organization’s journal. Since its inception in 1957, the College Language Association (CLA) Journal has been an important publishing outlet for association members.

For nearly six decades now, contributors to the journal have produced a wide array of articles, bibliographies, and book reviews concerning literature. In the process, the scholarship in CLA Journal, among other things, contributed to the formation of African American literary studies as a distinct field.

Our entries on the journal provide an overview of contents from 1957 – 2012.

The CLA Journal by the Numbers, 1957 - 2012
HBCUs and the CLA Journal
Charting CLA Journal’s publishing productivity by decade
Charting Book Reviews in CLA Journal
A closer look at CLA Journal’s productive 1970s
Top 5 contributors to the CLA Journal 
Top 6 focal authors in the CLA Journal 
The shifting page count of articles in CLA Journal
Use of “Negro,” “Black,” “Afro” & “African American” in CLA Journal


We would like to thank Dana Williams, Immediate Past President of CLA, for providing resources concerning CLA Journal’s publication record, Sandra Shannon, the journal’s newest editor, for offering a model of renewed energy and dedication, and the many 1,177 contributors to the journal for giving us such an important topic.

African American Language and Culture Lab
African American Literary Studies

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