Dr. Anja Müller-Wood is Professor of English Literature and Anglophone Cultures at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany). She completed her Ph.D. at Philipps-Universität Marburg. Her fields of research, in which she has published widely, are early modern English culture and literature and twentieth-century and contemporary Anglophone literature.2006 0-7734-5627-9
In this timely collection, an international group of linguists, literary scholars and cultural historians addresses crucial issues facing educators in the field of English today. What is the value of the discipline? Which skills can we impart to students? How can we better use our field’s resources? For the authors and editors, interdisciplinarity helps to answer these questions, but only when approached self-critically and applied with methodological rigor. Joined by that shared concern, these essays – ranging from Shakespearean drama to South African fiction, from cultural materialism to stylistics – run the gamut of academic discourses and methodologies, offering practical suggestions for a process of rejuvenating English Studies.