Guess the century, the decade, and the author of the quote below. Hint: it is from the little-known second volume of a well-known Russian novel. Only a draft of the second volume remains. I will give more hints in the comments section as necessary.
Something strange happened with the studies themselves. New teachers were hired, with new opinions, new angles, and new points of view. They hurled a multitude of new terms and words at the listeners; their presentations had logical coherence and personal fervor, but alas! their science itself lacked life. Their dead science seemed like carrion on their tongues. In a word, everything was turned inside out. There was no more respect for the leadership or for authority; they began to laugh at the mentors and teachers. The director came to be called ‘Old Ted,’ ‘Crusty,’ and various other names. It went far beyond child’s play: things reached a point where many had to be expelled and removed. In two years the school was no longer recognizable.