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Henry Bial Defends the Ph.D. in Theater

by Phillip Witteveen February 22, 2013

In a recent essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Henry Bial, author of Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen, responded to growing concerns within the academy relating to doctorate programs in the performing arts.  There is, according to Bial and the article’s c0-authors, “an antagonism between those who study the theater and those who create it.” This issue falls hardest on those students “enrolled in 36 doctoral programs in theater across the country.”  Bial and his co-authors promoted a separation between the inherent value and marketability of the degree, saying,  “market value is a flawed metric for both the M.F.A. […]

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Pascoe ponders the index in the Chronicle of Higher Education

by Shaun Manning April 26, 2012

Judith Pascoe, author of The Sarah Siddons Audio Files, dedicated a recent column in The Chronicle of Higher Education to the sometimes vexing subject of indexing, in particular the question of whether authors should index their own books or hire a professional. “I had plenty of time to ponder the unsung heroism of indexers when I was finishing my latest book,” Pascoe writes. “I was overcome with thoughts of doom that Nancy Mulvany, author of Indexing Books, attributes to two factors that plague self-indexing authors: general fatigue and too much self-involvement. ‘Intense involvement with one’s book,’ Mulvany writes, ‘can make it very difficult […]

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The Chronicle Revisits a “Rogue Scholar”

by Shaun Manning January 26, 2012

Richard W. Bailey’s 2003 book, Rogue Scholar: The Sinister Life and Celebrated Death of Edward H. Rulloff, has inspired a post on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Lingua Franca blog. “Edward H. Rulloff was so well-known in his time that he was the subject of two contemporary biographies,” blogger Alan Metcalf notes, but Rulloff’s name has been scrubbed from the field of linguistics due to his other career–a life of crime–which ultimately led to his execution, cutting short his research on what Rulloff promised would be a revolutionary new philological theory. Read the whole post over at the Chronicle, or […]

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