|It's that time of year again. The job list is up and running, as always a couple days before the Friday when they say it will be up. Anyway, thank the FSM I am not on the market this year, but old habits die hard--and so do perverse pleasures--so I looked over the list yesterday. (Also, I have several grad students on the market, so there is a noble reason for doing so as well.)|
Wow. What a year for Renaissance jobs. I've been looking at the list for about 7 years, and this has to be the best crop of Renaissance jobs I've ever seen. I did a search for all the British Lit jobs, and honestly, it seemed like about half of them were early modern. An unbelievable number of jobs, and ranging from the most elite private schools to a large number of excellent R1 public schools, branch campuses of state universities, liberal arts colleges, and 4/4 teaching jobs.
I'd be interested if anyone else, who may have a longer experience with the JIL than I have, can remember such a year. Or if you have very different impressions of this year's list than I do.
Oh, and much good luck to everyone on the market this year.