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American Literature in British Universities*

  • Robert E. Spiller


At present there is very little American literature taught in the universities of Great Britain. In the London colleges and at Manchester and Nottingham, it is allowed as an elective in the honours course in English Language and Literature and these universities and Leeds accept candidates for higher degrees with some specialization in American literature; but there is no regular offering in the subject or qualified members of the faculty to teach it elsewhere, and even in London it must be taught almost wholly by visiting Americans.



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* We feel sure that these observations by a distinguished American scholar who visited Great Britain during the academic year 1958–59 will prove a valuable contribution to the debate on American literature in British Universities which has thrust its way into the pages of the Bulletin since it began. (See particularly Bulletin No. 2 July 1956, pp. 7–14 and Bulletin No. 7, August, 1958, pp, 29–35). It should be noted that a new lectureship in American literature has been created at King's College, London University. Mr. E. N. W. Mottram has been appointed to this post. A Chair of American Literature is announced at Leeds University, though, at the time of preparing this Bulletin, an incumbent has not been appointed.

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Bulletin of the British Association for American Studies
  • ISSN: 0524-5001
  • EISSN: 2053-5988
  • URL: /core/journals/bulletin-of-the-british-association-for-american-studies
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