"Sometimes playful, always provocative, Professions is a collection of searching and candid conversations--ranging from dialogues to tongue-in-cheek diatribes--on the issues that face literary and cultural critics today. This volume bares professional concerns, relationships, ambitions, and insecurities about working in academe. Professions provides hard-to-get insider information for students contemplating an academic career. It also challenges professional scholars to retrieve the intellectual curiosity that drew them to scholarship in the first place while demonstrating how disagreement on controversial issues can be conducted with respect, good humor, and an open mind.Professions features:Jane Tompkins and Gerald GraffJohn McGowan and Regenia GagnierJames Phelan and James KincaidMarjorie Perloff and Robert von HallbergJudith Jackson Fossett and Kevin GainesDennis W. Allen and Judith RoofNiko Pfund, Gordon Hutner, and Martha BantaGeoffrey Galt HarphamDonald E. Hall and Susan S. LanserJ. Hillis Miller, Herbert Lindenberger, Sandra Gilbert, Bonnie Zimmerman, Nellie Y. McKay, and Elaine Marks"Donald E. Hall is the author of 'Professions: Conversations on the Future of Literary and Cultural Studies', published 2001 under ISBN 9780252069611 and ISBN 0252069617.