[Thanks to Dr. Frank Rashid of the English department for alerting us to this exciting development.]
On June 5, 2012, the Modern Language Association announced that its journals had adopted new open access-friendly author agreements. From http://www.mla.org/news_from_mla/news_topic&topic=596:
The journals of the Modern Language Association, including PMLA, Profession, and the ADE and ADFL bulletins, have adopted new open-access-friendly author agreements, which will go into use with their next full issues. The revised agreements leave copyright with the authors and explicitly permit authors to deposit in open-access repositories and post on personal or departmental Web sites the versions of their manuscripts accepted for publication. For more information on the new agreements, please contact the office of scholarly communication.
The MLA’s Director of Scholarly Communication, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, is a strong supporter of the open access movement, and has written a powerful blog post about OA at her blog Planned Obsolescence: http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/blog/giving-it-away/.