January 5, 2012
Literature Scholars Focus Annual Meeting on Defending the Value of Their Field
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