In the Basement of the Ivory Tower : Confessions of an Accidental Academic

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-27
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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The controversial book that crystallized the current debate over the value and purpose of a college education. When Professor X's article that inspired this book was published in the Atlantic Monthly, a firestorm of controversy began as teachers across the country weighed in, some thanking him for his honesty and others pillorying him for his warts-and-all portrayal of the downside of universal college enrollment. The article was chosen by David Brooks for a Sidney Award, given to the best magazine articles every year, and kicked off an anticollege backlash. Professor X is an adjunct professor of English literature and composition, a member of the poorly paid underclass who are now teaching the vast majority of our college courses. This is the story of what he learned on the front lines of America's academic crisis.

Author Biography

Professor X has been teaching English composition and literature for ten years at two small colleges somewhere in America.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Editionp. ix
Prefacep. xix
The Adjunctp. 1
Writing Hellp. 12
Revelationp. 27
Compare and Contrastp. 32
The Four Stages of a Plotp. 51
Community Collegep. 73
Remediationp. 83
The Good Stuffp. 92
The Painp. 101
College as Edenp. 113
Grade Inflation Temptationp. 129
The Textbooksp. 155
An Introduction to the Research Paperp. 166
Life Editingp. 174
Resonancep. 181
The Writing Workshopp. 187
Do Your Job, Professor!p. 198
Grading the Teacherp. 210
On Borrowing Liberally from Other People's Workp. 217
The College Bubblep. 224
Nobody Movep. 234
Notesp. 251
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