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September 18, 2007

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Belle

Are we to be surprised by the fact that fewer than 15 of these were women? Actually, I'm surprised that any women were published, but it's not my field.

Is this typical?

Miriam

I think we tend to underestimate how many female academics there actually were. What I don't know is how many of them had doctorates, since I often see them referred to as "Miss" or "Mrs." so-and-so. (E.g., "Miss J. M. S. Tompkins.")

Roger

Did PMLA have the same kind of professional cachet in 1950 that it does today? Having browsed through some of those back issues, it's not clear to me that PMLA before the '60s or '70s was the same kind of career-building prestige publication that it is now. The PMLA of older decades seems happier to publish articles of limited scope -- maybe more like a Notes & Queries-style general-interest journal, and less like a forum for the awarding of professional merit badges, than today's. But I don't know this from personal experience or professional folklore, it's just an inference from my reading -- would be interesting to hear from anyone who knows what kind of status a PMLA publication conferred in 1950.

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