The Global Future of English Studies
February 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
- The Global Future of English Studiespresents a succinct, carefully documented assessment of the current state and future trajectory of English studies around the world.
- Compiles data on student enrollments, faculty hiring, and financing in English studies around the world including China, home to more English majors than the U.S. and U.K. combined
- Rejects prevailing narratives of contraction and decline that dominate histories of the discipline
- Stresses English studies' expansion within a rapidly expanding global academic apparatus, and the new challenges and opportunities such sudden and dispersive growth presents
- Essential reading for anyone interested in studying or teaching English in higher education
PART I The Future of English Enrollments: Massification and Global Demand 1
I Beyond Crisis 3
II Let’s Do the Numbers 9
III Not a Bust but a Boom 27
PART II The Future of English Professors: Efficiency versus Prestige in the Age of Global Rankings 51
I The Economics of Massification 53
II Doing More with Less 57
III Demand for the Doctorate 65
IV Credentials Fever 76
PART III The Future of the English Curriculum: Literary Studies in Its Global Aspect 105
I The End of the Discipline as We Know It 107
II Language versus Literature 115
III China: English Plus, Literature Minus? 126
IV English Studies and “Culture Studies” in Europe and Australia 141
V Creative Writing for a Creative Economy 157
VI The Global English Major 172
James F. English is Professor of English and the Director of the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include Comic Transactions: Literature, Humor, and the Politics of Community in Twentieth-Century Britain (1994), The Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction (2005), and The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value, which was named Best Academic Book of 2005 by New York Magazine.
—Rita Felski, University of Virginia
"By shifting perspective on the discipline of English from a narrative of crisis and decline to the story of a globally transformed and expanding field, James English forces a radical revision of our understanding of what the discipline is and what it might be. Witty, learned, analytically rigorous, and cosmopolitan in its reach, this is the most important account of the state of the discipline currently available."
—John Frow, University of Melbourne
"This is an impassioned and timely defence of the academic study of English worldwide."
—Richard Todd, University of Leiden