Saturday, May 04, 2019


Not a Good Idea

Roberta Frank, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Philologist," Journal of English and Germanic Philology 96 (1997) 486–513 (at 491):
In general, it is still not a good idea to describe yourself to hiring committees as a philologist, lest they think you "mad, bad, and dangerous to know" (as Lady Caroline Lamb said of Lord Byron). Even this quotation is too flattering, alas: department chairs tend to be less worried about our powers of seduction than our capacity to bore.

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