[Milton-L] keep your pronoun to yourself, please

Cristine Soliz csoliz at csoliz.com
Mon Apr 16 23:05:09 EDT 2007

The administrators are now the self-appointed gods of the academy.  At least
at our school they are making all the faculty miserable and stressing things

Cristine Soliz
PhD in Comparative Literature
Faculty in English, Diné College
Faculty Association President
Project Director, NEH Grant
Associate Scholar, Center for World Indigenous Studies
csoliz at csoliz.com

> From: Carrol Cox <cbcox at ilstu.edu>
> Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 21:27:17 -0500
> To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] keep your pronoun to yourself, please
> A bit of ancient gossip. Perhaps relevant to this topic, whatever this
> topic is.
> On a cold March day in 1956 I was standing between Angel & Haven Hall
> talking to Professor Austin Warren -- a truly wonderful and most
> generous man. I happened to mention (I forget in what context) G.L.
> Kittridge, the famous Shakespeare scholar at Harvard. It was as though I
> had mentioned Stalin to Trotsky's widow -- the only time in my
> acquaintance with Austin Warren when I heard him express real rage. It
> seemed that Kittridge was a complete failure as a scholar, a teacher, as
> a human being. He went on at some length on the subject, in considerable
> detail!
> And another tidbit from "those days" in which all is said to have been
> so wonderful. A grad school friend had taken an incomplete in a course,
> and went to the professor (who was also the department's director of
> graduate studies) to discuss making it up. The professor told him it was
> against grad school regulations to make up incompletes after a year. The
> student argued. The professor called the grad school office, carried on
> a conversation, informed my friend that it was indeed against grad
> school regulations. A week later my friend happened to be in the grad
> school office, and mentioned in passing the incident. It turned out that
> this professor had held his finger on the cradle of the phone during the
> "conversation" and had faked the whole of it.
> All periods are highly varied. Hence the error of most nostalgia. Who
> would want to go back to the days when it was impossible to get a
> prohibition of lynching through the u.s. senate? And there never was nor
> is there now any 'Chinese Wall' between the academy and the world
> outside it.
> Carrol
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