Wednesday, December 27, 2006

They're here ...

... the MLA, that it, convening in Philadelphia - the worst time of year for newspaper coverage, since so many people are vacation. But here's a a report from Scott McLemee: The Philadelphia Story. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

3 comments:

  1. Susan Balée10:33 PM

    Jeez, Louise. This is a sign of how far out of the academic world I am now -- I used to routinely attend the MLA convention, giving papers there, trotting to job interviews, listening to horribly boring papers with sexy, erotic titles. And I didn't even know it's in the city I live in this week until I read it here! I guess I didn't notice the extra contingent of badly dressed, nervous people.

    Funny how I don't miss it *at all*. But today I had lunch with another recovering academic --and I first met him at an MLA convention! -- and he tells me the hot new topic in literary theory (he's still at a university, though teaching law) is "Fat Studies." I love that. The new victim -- an obese American! With humorless academic papers being devoted to his or her quivering extra flesh. The mind boggles!

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  2. Susan Balée10:52 AM

    Let me amend that -- Richard is a recovering *English* professor (taught at Haverford College & Bryn Mawr); he's still an academic, I suppose.

    I'm out of it and glad to be. Waiting for the bonfire of all the turgid theoretical prose written in the '80s & '90s by profs trying to get tenure.

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