9.340 English studiesin the 90s?

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Fri, 1 Dec 1995 00:36:20 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 340.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: Sian Echard <sian@unixg.ubc.ca> (21)
Subject: English Studies in the 90's

My English department is in the process of re-imagining itself (or wondering
if we need to do so...) and I'm hoping that the readers of HUMANIST can give
me some ideas about what is going on elsewhere. We are a largish
department--over 60 full-time faculty, 700 Majors, and about 150 MA and PhD
students--and our current curriculum is a traditional, Anglo-centric one,
based on major authors, periods and genres. I'm interested in how other
English programs or Humanities programs are approaching their own offerings
and majors in these times of diminishing resources and changing disciplines
and social expectations. Some of us probably want to preserve the canon,
some to expand it, some to explode it.... Some of us might be thinking
"Beauty is truth," and others that both are culturally constructed and
should be deconstructed... RIght now I'm looking for grist for the mill of
our discussions. What are you doing? How is it working?

With thanks in advance (please feel free to reply privately if this will
clog the list unduly)
Sian Echard
Department of English
397-1873 East Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1