I’ve talked before about the hideous state of affairs in the academic job market, especially in fields like mine. For example, this year’s hiring season began a couple of weeks ago — I’m no longer in the market, but I look at the listed vacancies anyway, as a sort of window-shopping. As of about ten minutes ago, there were 15 listed vacancies for medieval lit types. Fif. Teen.
Last year, there were about three dozen over the course of the year. Meanwhile, grad schools continue to churn out scores of medieval lit (and other) Ph.D.s. It’s brutal, inhumane, and about thirteen other adjectives, even though at this point, anyone who enters such a program must be almost insanely optimistic.
But under the heading of gallows humor, we find this fake MLA Job List. Sometimes, all you can do is laugh — even if you’re laughing bitterly.