Literature Scholars Focus Annual Meeting on Defending the Value of Their Field

Literature Scholars Focus Annual Meeting on Defending the Value of Their Field 1

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As literary scholars prepare to attend the Modern Language Association's annual meeting this week in downtown Seattle, many still remember a provocative New York Times article published 20 years ago. That article pilloried the group's 1991 conference as a showcase for self-important, tweed-wearing academics, talk, talk, talking all day about obscure and risqué topics and then retreating to their hotel rooms to cry.

Some saw that article as a caricature and a cheap