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Friday, December 19, 2008

More details are coming out about the MLA's Job Information list, and none of it is good.

The number of job postings in the MLA’s Job Information List will be down 21 percent in 2008-9, the steepest annual decline in its 34-year history. For English language and literature, the drop will be 22.2 percent and for foreign languages, 19.6 percent. Not all jobs are listed with the MLA, so the figures don’t cover every position, but the MLA’s postings have tracked consistently with national trends, especially for the assistant professor positions that are so desirable to new Ph.D.’s who want to land on the tenure track.
I also accidentally took a look at the subdiscipline statistics, which always depress me. 7.3%? It's our own country's literature! Where's your pride, America?