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The Tightening Humanities Job Market

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With big disciplinary meetings about to start, some reliable measures start to appear about how many colleges are really hiring -- and the news isn't good.

English, Redefined, at Harvard

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New proposed curriculum for majors would replace historical survey courses with a series of smaller seminars, prompting questions on what's lost as well as gained.

The Adjunctification of English

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MLA seeks to highlight -- and reverse -- the increasing use of non-tenure-track professors to teach writing and literature.

Coherence, Literature, Languages

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New report suggests goals for undergraduate majors in English and foreign languages -- including a "radical stance" that all such majors know both English and one other language well.

The Teaching Paradox

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Women who teach English and other languages are more satisfied with classroom work than other aspects of their jobs, but report shame over pride in areas other than research, survey finds.

David Horowitz Does the MLA

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After years of attacking the group, he gets a chance to address its members, some of whom make clear they objected to the invitation.

MLA's Middle East Moves

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SAN FRANCISCO -- How political should the Modern Language Association be?

'Tricks of the Trade'

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Here’s a shocker: The one-night stand may be being replaced by long-term monogamous relationships when it comes to sex at academic conferences. That was among the revelations Tuesday at a panel of the Modern Language Association devoted to conference sex. Well, actually it was devoted to theorizing and analyzing conference sex, although it was probably the only session at the MLA this year in which a panelist appeared in a bathrobe.

Unlikely Haven for Humanities Publishing

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U. of Houston-Victoria, home to a host of scholarly publications and activities, is an emerging intellectual destination (albeit one whose coordinates not everyone knows yet).

Composition, Overcrowded

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Data and discussion at gathering of writing professors suggest that class sizes and teaching loads at community colleges -- long viewed as too high -- are growing again.

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