Interdiscipline English! A Series of Provocations and Projections

  • Rob Pope


Here are three ways into the subject—and out again:
  1. (i)

    The point about ‘English’ as the name of a subject is that it is an adjective being made to serve as a noun. So ‘English’ is always pointing to an absence—the noun. Is the subject English literature, language, society, culture, people?

    Colin Evans, English People: The Teaching and Learning of English (1993, p. 184).

  2. (ii)

    Clearly the proper study of literature is—everything else!

    Peter Widdowson, ‘W(h)ither English?’ in Coyle et al. (1990, p. 1228).

  3. (iii)

    It would be more accurate to call the predominant activity of contemporary literary scholars other-disciplinary rather than interdisciplinary [...] what we need is more theoretical, historical and critical training in our own discipline.

    Marjorie Garber, ‘It Must Change’ (2006) in Moran (2010, pp. 170–171)



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