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English is evolving and the classroom is at the forefront of witnessing its flux and transformation.

The Work of Literature: Literary Studies in the Classroom invites an enquiry into the work of English at the sites of learning in these times of rapid change.

For scholars of teaching and learning, “teaching is becoming less a job and more an intellectual activity worthy of serious consideration and investigation” (Chambers and Gregory 3 ). Arguably, literary scholars have always used the classroom as a living laboratory of ideas, but what exactly are the main questions that frame teaching and learning of literature, at this present time? What is the relationship between research and classroom teaching, in literary studies at this moment?

Shifting Times

How is the field of English studies, worldwide, changing in the twenty-first century in response to the shift to digital technologies, the advent of machine learning, the rise of aliteracy and disengagement from reading, the internationalisation of the university, our increasing awareness of the climate crisis and its diverse impacts, and the need for anti-racist and anti-colonial pedagogies?

 

What is the ‘work’ that English as a field of study undertakes, and how can an increased reflectiveness about teaching best address that work?

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