by MARC BOUSQUET
"The degree holder is the waste product of a job system that produces Ph.D.
holders but does not use them. In language and
literature more than any other field the teaching machine runs on
What Hath English
by CARY NELSON
"As I sit at my computer thinking about the future of higher education,
I have before me the final version of a collaborative document with its
stunned, startled gaze fixed on the past. It is the Modern Language Association's
report from its Committee on Professional Employment, issued in December
1997. The astonished gaze its collective author casts on recent history
suggests the windswept visage of a profession no longer in control of
its fate. Eyes bulging, the figure is nearly swept away by forces it cannot
comprehend. In stark terror at their oncoming fury, it dares not turn
to glimpse their destination...."