Roundtable on Literary Studies in the United States
|I. On recent developments in American Literature Studies||0:51|
|II. On the job market in the US and the importance of associations||12:13|
[1min00→4min08] One of the most striking developments since the 1980s is the division of American literature into subcultures:
- Creation in 1990 of the Society of Early Americanists.
- Creation in 2010 of the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (C19) with a Journal, J19.
There is no organisation for later Americanists, because it is the area that has the most job opportunities and that students are more naturally drawn to.
[5min13→5min52] The intersection of the scholarly treatment of literature with creative writing programs is one of the recent changes in English departments.
[10min47→11min52] There have been recent developments in the Modernist field:
- Creation of the Journal Modernism/modernity in 1994.
- Annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association (MSA).
[28min08→30min18] Sandra Gustafson worked on the 9th edition. It is based on what instructors look for and use in class, and it is both traditional (author sections with extensive footnotes) and flexible (creation of shorter thematic sections, such as "Slavery and Race", which has become central in the American canon). She has added a new thematic section, "Varieties of religious expression", which includes Puritan, Quaker and Catholic writers.
[36min43→40min32] On comparative literature, Christine Froula refers to the example of Medieval Studies and explains the differences between the US and Europe. The requirements have become more interdisciplinary and less language-based nowadays.
Pour citer cette ressource :
Christine Froula, Sandra Gustafson, "Roundtable on Literary Studies in the United States", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2019. Consulté le 29/09/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/litterature/litterature-americaine/roundtable-on-literary-studies-in-the-united-states