However, his criticism of courses that concentrate upon 19th century literature does need to be justified. English Literature may well be a subject which has now adopted a "heritage" approach. However, it is also a subject with a history which cannot be ignored. Students might well be more familiar with contemporary literature but such literature draws upon a body of earlier work.
Unless this is recognised, students of English Literature are likely to come away from their courses with a very narrow and misguided conception of what the subject is.Reuse content