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The Global Future of English Studies



The Global Future of English Studies

James F. English

ISBN: 978-1-119-94465-2 February 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 208 Pages


  • 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
List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

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


Index 193