Ph.D. in English: Doctor or actor?

1 Apr

Here’s some food for thought (from The Chronicle of Higher Ed): is wanting a Ph.D. in English (and becoming a college professor) more like wanting to be a medical doctor, or a professional actor or athlete?

For the Persistent Ph.D. Impulse, Gentle Dissuasion

For those of you in, been, or considering grad school, how do you see the Ph.D. in English? I vote “actor,” myself …

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