Teaching and Learning English Literature presents a comprehensive overview of teaching English Literature from setting teaching goals and syllabus planning, through to a range of student assessment strategies and methods of course evaluation and improvement. A range of teaching methods are explored, from the traditional classroom, to newer collaborative work and uses of electronic technologies.
Chapter 1: The Discipline Today
The Discipline Today
No Literature academic, long established or just beginning, can be unaffected by the ‘culture wars’ that in the last two decades or so have ravaged our scholarly community, and indeed the Humanities generally. Western governments' neglect of the Humanities, even to the point of repudiation, and their concurrent outpourings of resource for research and teaching in the so-called productive areas of the higher education curriculum – business, technology, the applied sciences -undoubtedly galvanised many humanists, but in ways that commentators (especially in North America)1 have identified as an aspect of ‘the crisis’ itself. That is, in such a situation of dwindling resource for the discipline and perceived loss of its status within the academy, colleagues tended to turn ...