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Survival of the Fittest in the English Department

Jonathan Gottschall tried to save literary studies. Instead he ruined his career.

Photograph by Gilberto Tadday

Jonathan Gottschall at the mixed-martial arts gym where he trained for his new book
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For a scholar ignored or condemned by almost everyone in his discipline, a career adjunct unable to secure job interviews much less a tenure-track position, Jonathan Gottschall is unusually prominent.

A "distinguished fellow" at Washington...

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