New Journal Aims to Refocus Literary Studies on Literature; Speculation Abounds on Tom Wolfe's Motive for Stint as Visiting Professor at Stanford

The new journal of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics is not a manifesto. At least that's what Austin E. Quigley, the president of the association, writes in the first issue of Literary Imagination.

But readers may see a broadside on the state of the discipline in the review's marked difference from PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association. For example, fewer than half the pieces in