Wednesday, April 29, 2015
So What Are English Lit Profs Teaching If Not Shakespeare?
A case in point?
Philip Sherwell, writing in the Telegraph, observes that only 4 of America’s 52 highest-ranked academic institutions [Harvard, University of California, Wellesley College, and the US Naval Academy] require a Shakespeare course in their English departments. How come? The American Council of Trustees and Alumni suggest that “Shakespeare’s demise as a subject of specialist study mirrored an increase in courses with emphasis on race, class, gender, and sexuality such as ‘Literature, Food, and the American Racial Diet’ at Princeton University.’”
Your tax dollars at work.