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The Silly—And Sobering—History of MLA Job Ads

A researcher's journey through five decades of faculty job listings has turned up plenty of gallows humor ("Tantalus had nothing on me"), institutional sexism ("Man preferred"), and fallout from an academic-labor crisis in the '70s.
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Are More MLA Faculty Jobs on the Way?

So far, humanists looking for tenure-track listings on the association’s job board aren’t impressed. The good news: New jobs should trickle in for several weeks. The bad news: After that, silence.