ERIC Number: ED436786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Refiguring the Ph.D. in English Studies: Writing, Doctoral Education, and the Fusion-Based Curriculum. Refiguring English Studies.
North, Stephen M.; Chepaitis, Barbara A.; Coogan, David; Davidson, Lale; MacLean, Ron; Parrish, Cindy L.; Post, Jonathan; Weatherby, Beth
This wide-ranging analysis of doctoral education in English Studies challenges readers to reconsider their assumptions about how English Ph.D. programs came to be, what purposes they serve, and what they might become--what they ought to become--in the 21st century. Section I traces the first century of English doctoral education in the American university, from its German origins to the "crisis of disciplinary and professional identity" that precipitated the 1987 Conference on Graduate Study and the Future of Doctoral Studies in English. Section II examines one programmatic response to that crisis, the State University of New York at Albany's "Writing, Teaching, and Criticism," with a particular emphasis on the program's determination to reintegrate the field's increasingly disparate specializations. Section III turns back to the broader professional and disciplinary scene to consider the implications of such a "fusion-based" curriculum: to consider why this curricular model represents the best available option for both doctoral education and the entire enterprise of English Studies. Chapters in the book are: (1) "Establishing the Tradition: 1876-1950"; (2) "Lehrfreiheit, Lernfreiheit, and the Magisterial Curriculum"; (3) "Expansion, Contraction, and the (Surp)Rise of Heterogeneity (1950-1990)"; (4) "The Crisis of Identity in English Studies and the Demise of the Magisterial Curriculum"; (5) "Albany's Ph.D. in English Studies: 'Writing, Teaching, and Criticism'"; (6) "Writing to Get Situated: Learning to Stage a Reading"; (7) "Charting Courses (1): Extended Work in a Preferred Mode"; (8) "Charting Courses (2): (Re)Combinatory Writings"; (9) "Writing beyond Coursework: The Qualifying Examination and the Dissertation"; and (10) "The Fusion-Based Curriculum for an English Studies in Transition." Contains 120 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Doctoral Programs, Educational History, English Curriculum, Higher Education, Program Descriptions, Writing (Composition)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.