Monthly Archives: January 2010

Rethinking (Academic) Success 3

The most obvious problem with success in the academy is that it moves in one way: success, in its conventional academic sense, leads one from lower- to upper-division courses, undergraduates to graduate students, general education to specialization, classroom work to … Continue reading

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Rethinking Success 2

Emily Dickinson famously wrote that “success is counted sweetest by those who ne’er succeed.”  But what about those who do?  No doubt victory is sweet, as is revenge, but only for a time, and not such a long time at … Continue reading

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Rethinking Success

I’ve been reading John’s four-part meditation on rethinking failure and thinking about success.  Like failure, success, is a judgment that is at its best transient, and at its worst corrosive.  I’ve just returned from the Modern Language Association’s annual convention … Continue reading

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Rethinking Failure 4

A few days into the new year, most of us have already begun to equivocate about our resolutions.  Already they seem overly ambitious, perhaps jut a bit unrealistic, or at any rate less important then we once thought.  It’s time … Continue reading

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