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Innovation and Continuity in English Studies

A Critical Jubilee


Herbert Grabes

What the contributors to this volume commemorating the 50th anniversary of IAUPE demonstrate is above all the remarkable broadening of the field of English studies over the past few decades. New domains of enquiry have been added, while the traditional ones are not only still there but have been reinvigorated by new research paradigms. The result has been a marked increase in intra-disciplinary competition that reflects broader shifts in cultural understanding. Although quite a few of the contributions are concerned with precisely this latter dynamic, others demonstrate that the detailed working-out of more narrowly framed problem areas is crucial if English studies is to meet the challenges of the future.
Contents: Ian Kirby: IAUPE Past and Present – Hazard Adams: What Rough Beast? – Todd K. Bender: Innovation and Continuity in English Studies – Murray Krieger: Theory, Post-Theory, and the Fate of the «Literary» – Sergio Perosa: Why English Literature? – Roger Sell: Communication: A Counterbalance to Professional Specialisation – Ulrich Broich: Does the Canon Have a Future in English Studies? – Lawrence Lerner: Representing the Oppressed – Jean-Jacques Lecercle: Nursery Rhymes and History: Poetry as Induction – J. R. Watson: The Changing Landscape: Some Dates in Romantic Period English Studies, 1951 to 2001 – Emory Elliott: Cultural Diversity and the Problem of Aesthetics – Ihab Hassan: Counterpoints: Nationalism, Colonialism, Multiculturalism, and Spirit – Edwin Thumboo: «Strands in the Labels - Innovation and Continuity in English Studies: A View From Singapore» – Kaiser Haq: «The times they are a-changing», even in an LDC: Musings on English Studies from Dhaka – Okifumi Komesu: The Creative Circle in the Intercultural Literary Process – Yoshihiko Ikegami: Between Language and Literature, Philology and Linguistics: An Historical Review of English Studies in Japan – Norman Blake: The History of the English Language – Matti Rissanen: Variation, Change and New Evidence in the Study of the History of English – Dieter Kastovsky: Local and Global-Typological Changes in the History of English: Two Complementary Perspectives – Hans Sauer: The Old English Suffix -el/-il/-ol/-ul/-l (>ModE -le, cf. beetle, girdle, thistle) as Attested in the Épinal-Erfurt Glossary – Arne Zettersten: On English Lexicography at the Turn of the Millennium.