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From the Editors Our profession as teachers and scholars oflanguage and literature is in the midst ofwhat many regard as a cataclysmic transition to a future that we can see but dimly. Most of our departments face changing, often decreasing, enrollments despite urgent demands for new courses; much ofour research time is eaten up by various service-connected obstacles as well as retraining. Some ofour most important professional journals are participating in the debate that attempts to follow this transition. TheJanuary 2001 issue ofPMLA, for example, highlights the "globalization" of literary studies (in several invited articles ), as well as an alarming reduction in submitted articles to the journal (see, for example, Carlos J. Alonso, "Editor's Column: Lost Moorings - PMLA and Its Audience"). The Chronicle ofHigher Education has published a bombshell ofan interview with tlie President of Drake University, who closed down the Department ofForeign Languages and Literatures and fired all its faculty, tenured or not. What ramifications may issues and events such as these have on other universities and their budget-weary administrators? We hope for "renewal" in the humanities, but seem to have to contend more with their systematic elimination. We would like to hear how you interpret these pieces ofnews in our field, and/ orwhat solutions you may suggest. We would welcome comments and discussion on diese issues, and the Forum section ofdie RockyMountain Review is designated forjust such dialogue on the current events or climate in our field oflanguage and literature. SPRING 2001 * ROCKY MOUNTAIN REVIEW + Il ...


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