Professors: A Most Modern Squabble

A Most Modern Squabble The Modern Language Association was founded in 1883 to advance "literary and linguistic studies." Ever since, the only justification for the word modern in the name has been that the association never concerned itself with classical Greek and Latin. Now there is another reason. The association, which is the nation's largest organization of college literature and language teachers, has been struck by the same sort of contemporary dissent that has been trou bling campuses everywhere.

At the M.L.A.'s annual meeting in Manhattan, while most of the professors attending were socializing or seeking...

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