Category: English Matters

Professional Issues

The Trouble with English?

We all have our histories for “The Department of English,” and mine pre-dates that of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Richard Utz.  Utz thinks English as a formal discipline of study begins in mid-nineteenth-century continental Europe.  I am persuaded by Gauri Viswanathan’s finding, in Masks of Conquest, that English Studies […]

Michael Bérubé defends the discipline…

Michael Bérubé argues that the skills you learn in English Studies “… are useful – and transferable – anywhere there is thinking to be done.” One of those places, he notes, is in the Chairman’s Office of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bérubé’s January 4th defense of […]