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Seeking Enfants Terribles
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1040  Tuesday, 11 May 2004

From:           Cary DiPietro <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 May 2004 10:59:49 +0900
Subject: 15.1032 Seeking Enfants Terribles
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1032 Seeking Enfants Terribles

 >'I am organizing a symposium for spring 2005 of "the six most important
 >young scholars in the field of early modern English literature and
 >culture."'

I'm curious to know what is an enfant terrible in academic circles:  one
with the longest list of publications, one published by the best
journals and academic presses, one who has secured a tenure-track job at
a major research institution while still in their 20s, one whose
scholarship is innovative and challenges the status quo or, as I expect
is the case, one who is most likely to be recommended by a doyen of the
Shakespeare academic circuit?

Isn't there enough peer review and scrutiny in the career of a young
scholar (thesis examinations, publications, job interviews, conference
presentations) to make this kind of endeavour seem, well, banal?

In any case, I hope the results are also posted on SHAKSPER.  Maybe then
we can solicit a major television network to produce 'Academic Idol',
and slowly eliminate those young scholars on the basis of their
scholarly shortcomings.  That would be fun.

Cary DiPietro

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