Or perhaps that should be "grade inflation meets academic publishing." My students are warned (more than once) that if they don't back up their analyses with quotations from the work under discussion, their grade automatically goes down to a C--and that's before I take out the Red Pen of Death. But for the second time, I've found myself reading a Real, Live, Published Academic Book with almost no quotations. Oh, this one has quotations from the secondary literature, but not more than the barest of sprinklings from the primary works. You know, the stuff the book is actually about. How does this get past an editor, exactly?
I have the opposite problem: I tend to over-egg my articles with quotations. Obsessively so, even. Of course, that's partly to do with my choice of authors; few academic readers have subjected themselves to Deborah Alcock, A. D. Crake, and the like, and so I generally operate on the assumption that most people won't have even the faintest of ideas of what I'm talking about.