Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: University Courses

From: Chris Routledge (
Date: 18 Apr 2001

I'm another ex-academic, but one whose PhD was on American crime fiction. In English departments here crime fiction courses also tend to be taught by specialists in other areas who have always had an interest in crime fiction but for whatever reason didn't start out there. In Britain at least the academic job market means that although there are now people coming through with PhDs in crime they tend to get passed over in favour of more
"traditional" grad students - the market is so bad that there are almost no jobs at the bottom in any subject anyway. And I speak from experience. I was once asked at an interview for a job at a prestigious Scottish university "And are you also interested in Great Books?" This in the aftermath of a discussion of an article of mine on Borges.

Cheers Chris

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