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Profession carries articles that focus on the fields of modern languages and literatures as a profession. The editor invites essays of 1,800 to 5,000 words about current intellectual, curricular, and institutional trends and issues and about relevant public-policy debates, essays that can be read with interest and profit by many, if not all, MLA members. The editor seeks articles covering a range of topics and giving a voice to MLA members working in diverse subject areas and situations. Letters to the editor and short comments on articles in the previous year's Profession will also be considered for publication. Such letters and comments should not exceed 800 words. Profession does not carry articles by the same author two years in a row.
Only members of the association may submit material to Profession. At the discretion of the editor, a waiver of the membership requirement may be granted for nonscholars and for scholars who work in disciplines other than language and literature. Waiver requests should be addressed to the managing editor.
At least two members of the Profession Advisory Committee will read and evaluate each article submission. Taking into account these advisory readings and additional comments from the directors of the MLA offices of programs and research, the editor will make final decisions on publication. Submissions for the 2013 issue of Profession should be mailed to the MLA office by 15 March 2013. Documentation should conform to the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, third edition (2008).
About the Author
In 1978, the author was professor of Spanish at Rice University. He remained in that position until the time of his death, in November 2008.
In 1983, the author was professor of English literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is now professor emerita of literature and feminist studies at Santa Cruz.
In 1987, the author was professor of foreign language acquisition and head of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Section at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is now professor of German and foreign language acquisition at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1992, the author was W. E. B. DuBois Professor of the Humanities and director of the W. E. B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is now Alphonse Fletcher, Jr., University Professor and continues to direct the W. E. B. DuBois Institute at Harvard.
In 1994, the author was a graduate student in English at the University of California, Irvine, and president of the Graduate Student Caucus. He is now a solar power developer, Web designer, and online marketing consultant and a member of the City Council of Staunton, Virginia.
In 1996, the author was professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. He is now Silver Professor of English at New York University.
In 1998, Mara Holt was associate professor of English at Ohio University. She continues in that position.
In 1999, the author was professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He remains in that position.
In 2003, the author was Silver Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and professor of comparative literature at New York University. She is now also professor of social and cultural analysis. She served as president of the MLA in 2003.
In 2005, the author was Distinguished Professor of French at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She remains in that position and is also now affiliated with the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program and the Women's Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center. She served as president of the MLA in 2005.
In 2011, the author was vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. He remains in that position.
Table of Contents
From the Editor
Presidential Forum: Language, Literature, Learning
Russell A. Berman
Of Degraded Talk, Digital Tongues, and a Commitment to Care
Teaching Literature and the Bitter Truth about Starbucks
Dreaming in Foreign Tongues
B. Venkat Mani
Reading (and Writing) Online, Rather Than on the Decline
In Retrospect: 35 Years of Profession
Rosemary G. Feal
 An Arrogant Proposal: A New Use for the Dyshumanities
Wayne C. Booth
 The Future of Foreign Language Study in American Colleges and Universities
James A. Castañeda
 Women, Men, Theories, and Literature
Carolyn G. Heilbrun
 Erosion in the Humanities: Blowing the Dust from Our Eyes
 Taking Cover in Coverage
 The Missing Link in Vision and Governance: Foreign Language Acquisition Research
Claire J. Kramsch
 Skinside Inside: The National Literature Major versus Comparative Literature
 Pluralism and Its Discontents
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
 The Real Trouble
 No Openings at This Time: Job Market Collapse and Graduate Education
Erik D. Curren
 Speculating about the Labor Market for Academic Humanists: "Once More unto the Breach"
Jack H. Schuster
 Preprofessionalism: What Graduate Students Want
 Bypassing the Traditional Leadership: Who's Minding the Store?
 The Way We Work Now
Mara Holt and Leon Anderson
 Knowledge in the Age of Knowledge Work
 The Cultural Turn in Foreign Language Departments: Challenge and Opportunity
 Building a New Public Idea about Language
Mary Louise Pratt
 The Publishing Crisis and Tenure Criteria: An Issue for Research Universities?
 On Linguistic Human Rights and the United States "Foreign" Language Crisis
Domna C. Stanton
 Ending the Budget Wars: Funding the Humanities during a Crisis in Higher Education
 Undergraduate Education: Cash Cow or Core Competency?
Reed Way Dasenbrock