“This book argues that the rise of the creative writing program stands as the most important event in postwar American literary history, and that paying attention to the increasingly intimate relation between literary production and the practices of higher education is the key to understanding the originality of postwar American literature.”
McGurl, Mark. “Preface.” The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2009. Print.
or “That moment when a book you’ve stumbled into reading through a research position has startlingly immediate implications for your personal life and future plans, and will obviously articulate every single anxiety and feeling you have about graduate school in prose more lucid than you could ever churn up for yourself.”