Thursday, June 03, 2004

An English Department your mother won't love 

Mike Adams discusses English departments:
Recently, I wrote an article called �Summer Reading,� which was intended to motivate my readers to take some time to read classic literature over the summer. While mostly apolitical, it did close with the following line, which was deemed offensive by one of my readers: �(Go out and) pick up a great work of classic literature and enjoy the reading. You know, like the kind they used to assign in college when English professors taught English instead of homosexuality and feminism.�

The offended reader, from Ithaca, New York, called my above assertion �sexist, heterosexist, and gratuitous.� So, naturally, I apologized. No, I�m just kidding. Instead of apologizing, I decided to search the webpage of the nearest university English department to see what I could find. Naturally, I went looking first on Here is a summary of what I found out about the English faculty at Cornell University:
Go read the list (both Adams' and that last link, which is Cornell English's own list). Question: Is the pattern of specializations a coincidence? (Hat tip: Scholar Jack.)