Politics and poor English
By Christopher Caldwell (FT)
Published: December 12 2008 19:39 | Last updated: December 12 2008 19:39
The Harvard English department announced plans this week to restructure its curriculum for undergraduates. “We are diminishing the role of chronology as the absolute, as the only organising rubric,” the professor Daniel Donoghue told the website Inside Higher Ed, “to combine it with genres and with geography as equally viable ways of thinking about literature and studying literature.” The standard survey course on the literature of the British Isles, English 10, must go. The new system will allow more focus.