Where Has All The Literature Gone?

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
ACCUTE

Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) 

Ryerson University

Toronto, Ontario

May 27-30, 2017

Roundtable format

Many scholars in Canada thrive in the academically rich and pedagogically rewarding college environment. However, discussions about college teaching and research have been few. A national dialogue about college English curriculum as well as the precarity of college teaching is often eclipsed by a focus on the university environment. Over the past decade, some college systems have seen the systematic removal of mandatory literature courses in their curricula, yet the impact this change has had on students and instructors has gone unexamined. What is motivating these curriculum changes? Are the rationales for these changes well founded? Can standard communications courses expand critical-thinking? Is the study of English literature a way to challenge or reinscribe post-secondary hierarchies? The purpose of this roundtable is to foster dialogue about the disappearance of literature on college campuses and to invite renewed thinking about literary analysis as pedagogical strategy.

Submissions should be sent by November 1, 2017 to ann dot gagne at senecacollege.ca

Please provide the following:

Presenters must be members of ACCUTE at the time of the conference.