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State of the professoriate: Rant and lament

Triggered by William Deresiewicz’ book Excellent Sheep, the past year has seen its share of wailing and gnashing of teeth by Humanities scholars, most recently by Jackson Lears in Commonweal.  The laments, while familiar, have new urgency: A soulless pragmatism squeezes the Humanities; universities have succumbed to rationalization and disenchantment,…