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Title

Letters in a Discipline: A Manifesto on the State of English

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Keywords

Canon (Literature); English literature--Study and teaching; American literature--Study and teaching;

Abstract

English as a discipline has consistently felt the need to fight for its relevance. It seeks to form methodologies and strict rule sets that guide interpretation and process. However, English as a discipline is naturally subjective. At its core, the English discipline is the study of the written and spoken manifestation of the human mind, the process by which that is created, and impact it can have. However, in recent decades the discussion of which manifestations are taught in the academy has exploded. Through this poster I will be arguing for not only a potential solution for how literature can be looked at within the discipline, but also for the value and relevance the knowledgeable, subjective individual can bring to the discipline at large. I will be using a series of dead and living letters addressed to authors, scholars, and readers to argue for an adaptive, diverse set of literature to be taught within the academy. I will argue for the value of traditionally canonical texts in this changing landscape as well as for the value of more diverse texts that defy cultural, societal, and genre limitations. Ultimately, this poster will focus on the minds being taught and how an adaptive, diverse canon of literature will impact the positive growth of the English discipline.

Start Date

3-4-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

3-4-2019 1:00 PM

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Adrienne Lamberti

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

File Format

application/pdf

Embargo Date

4-17-2019

Electronic copy is not available through UNI ScholarWorks.

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Apr 3rd, 11:00 AM Apr 3rd, 1:00 PM

Letters in a Discipline: A Manifesto on the State of English

English as a discipline has consistently felt the need to fight for its relevance. It seeks to form methodologies and strict rule sets that guide interpretation and process. However, English as a discipline is naturally subjective. At its core, the English discipline is the study of the written and spoken manifestation of the human mind, the process by which that is created, and impact it can have. However, in recent decades the discussion of which manifestations are taught in the academy has exploded. Through this poster I will be arguing for not only a potential solution for how literature can be looked at within the discipline, but also for the value and relevance the knowledgeable, subjective individual can bring to the discipline at large. I will be using a series of dead and living letters addressed to authors, scholars, and readers to argue for an adaptive, diverse set of literature to be taught within the academy. I will argue for the value of traditionally canonical texts in this changing landscape as well as for the value of more diverse texts that defy cultural, societal, and genre limitations. Ultimately, this poster will focus on the minds being taught and how an adaptive, diverse canon of literature will impact the positive growth of the English discipline.