Oxford’s First Female Professor of Poetry Resigns – NYT

Ms. Padel’s admission that she sent e-mail messages to two reporters last month alerting them to allegations of sexual harassment against her main rival for the Oxford post, the Nobel literature laureate Derek Walcott, was a stunning turn in a saga of skullduggery that had opened a bitter schism in Britain’s literary world.

Just as much, it has scandalized the ivy-walled cloisters of Oxford, exposing a culture of jealousy and mean-spirited connivance at sharp odds with the university’s public posture of academic tolerance and reason.

That last half-a-graph is a little riposte-y, as if academia weren’t a place where humans worked. Besides, reason implies that someone else is an idiot, otherwise it would be unnecessary.

Oxford’s First Female Professor of Poetry Resigns – NYT

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