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Marjorie Garber

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242047

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242047.001.0001

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The Gypsy Scholar and the Scholar Gypsy

The Gypsy Scholar and the Scholar Gypsy

(p.151) CHAPTER THIRTEEN The Gypsy Scholar and the Scholar Gypsy
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Marjorie Garber

Fordham University Press

The term “academia” was first mentioned in William H. Whyte's 1956 classic work of sociology, The Organization Man. Contrast “academia” with the more traditional, and irenic sounding, “academe,” which dates in English as far back as William Shakespeare, and which, especially in the proverbial phrase “the groves of Academe,” has come to mean “the academic community, the world of university scholarship.” Academic as a substantive noun is used only by non-academics. The term, when wielded in the media (note -ia suffix) seems to conflate irrelevance with arrogance. No one has written more wittily about this than David Brooks, in his bestseller Bobos in Paradise. This chapter discusses the concepts of gypsy scholars and scholar gypsies, as well as nomad intellectuals and intellectual nomads. Fred Hechinger described “gypsy scholars” as “recent doctoral graduates in the humanities and social sciences who wander from job to transitory job with little prospect of a stable long-term career.” The story of the scholar-gypsy is taken from Jospeh Glanvill's book The Vanity of Dogmatizing, published in 1661.

Keywords:   academia, academe, academic, David Brooks, gypsy scholars, scholar gypsies, nomad intellectuals, intellectual nomads, Fred Hechinger, Jospeh Glanvill

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