Chicken Little Meets British Humanities in the Times Literary Supplement

In a very silly opinion piece in the Times Literary Supplement, Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate — despite noting that until at least 2020 HEFCE has not mandated only for journal articles, not for books — decries shrilly the doom and gloom that the HEFCE mandate portends for book-based humanity scholarship. The gratuitous cavilling is, as usual, cloaked in shrill alarums about academic freedom infringement…