The Global Future of English Studies by James F. English

By James F. English

  • The worldwide way forward for English Studiespresents a succinct, rigorously documented evaluate of the present kingdom and destiny trajectory of English experiences round the world.
  • Compiles info on scholar enrollments, school hiring, and financing in English experiences all over the world together with China, domestic to extra English majors than the U.S. and U.K. combined
  • Rejects winning narratives of contraction and decline that dominate histories of the discipline
  • Stresses English reports' growth inside a quickly increasing worldwide educational gear, and the recent demanding situations and possibilities such surprising and dispersive development presents
  • Essential studying for an individual attracted to learning or educating English in better education

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55. of Students)”; “Undergraduate Enrollment in India (2000–2004): Question in the Lok Sabha,” Unstarred Question Number 2221 (12 December 2004), available from the Education in India RSS feed, 24 May 2005. ReportId=168. According to the government’s Statistics of Higher & Technical Education 2008–09, the number of affiliated and independent colleges exceeds 20,000, and there are an additional 7,500 certificategranting vocational and teacher-training institutes that are not recognized as part of the higher educational system.

Into this vacuum have rushed many incompetent or unscrupulous entrepreneurs, who have met the rising demand for higher education with ad hoc private institutions which, though often linked to state universities, are geared entirely toward profit. 51 In many ways, some of which will be discussed in Part II of the book, India stands as a warning or a negative lesson rather than a positive example for global academe and for global English studies in particular. Nevertheless, with respect to our narrow concern here – the trajectory of enrollments – the country is a huge engine of growth.

Robert Scholes, The Rise and Fall of English (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998), 164. Bill Readings, The University in Ruins (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996), 73 Gerald Graff, Professing Literature: An Institutional History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987), 99, 110. As argued most passionately by Frank Donahue, The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008). Donahue eschews the term “crisis” as too “dramaturgic,” pointing out that the corporatization of American academe has been an “ongoing process” for more than a century.

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