RARA-AVIS: University Courses

From: Mbdlevin@aol.com
Date: 17 Apr 2001

Adrian at Johns Hopkins writes:

<< The class is taught by John T. Irwin >>

John T. Irwin holds a pretty high position in the lit crit world (or did a few years back), and there is some meaning (within this admittedly narrow world) that he is focusing on this theme/literature (though he has that interest in Poe, Borges, etc.). Just to provide another cultural/historical view on this topic, from 1984-96, I was affiliated with two English departments that then and now claim (and do pat themselves on the back) to be the best in the United States (based in part, I guess, on their #1 ranking in English Departments in U.S. News & World Report). Neither, to my knowledge, ever taught a class solely devoted to crime fiction. In fact, neither had any commitment to teaching any post-war literature at all and did not award tenure to faculty who focused on contemporary literature. In a class on American modernism, however, Hammett's "Red Harvest" was taught alongside Hemingway, Fitzgerald, etc.

ex-academically yours, Doug

ps -- I'm getting ready to post on another Taboada favorite--Charles Williams--someone could start on him. He surely doesn't deserve his diminishing, out-of-print status.

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