Losing the Big Picture

The Fragmentation of the English Major since 1964

"Losing the Big Picture" uses data from 1964-1965, 1989-1990, and 1997-1998 academic catalogs of twenty-five selective liberal arts colleges to show that undergraduate English majors no longer even try to provide their students with a serious overview of the Anglo-American literary tradition, or a systematic exposure to its greatest writers and works.

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Appendix 1: All Authors Searched

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Appendix 2: Comprehensive Examination or Thesis Required?

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Appendix 3: English Literature Survey Required?

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Appendix 4: Film and Film-related Courses

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Appendix 5: Foundational Courses

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Appendix 6: Foundational Courses as a Percentage of Total Course Offerings

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Appendix 7: Percentage of Foundational Courses, 1964–65: Institutions Listed by Rank

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Appendix 8: Percentage of Foundational Courses, 1964–65: Data Sheet

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Appendix 9: Percentage of Foundational Courses, 1989–90: Institutions Listed by Rank

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Appendix 10: Percentage of Foundational Courses, 1989–90: Data Sheet

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Appendix 11: Percentage of Foundational Courses, 1997–98: Institutions Listed by Rank

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Appendix 12: Percentage of Foundational Courses, 1997–98: Data Sheet

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Appendix 13: Postmodern Terminology

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Appendix 14: Postmodern Word List

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Appendix 15: Required Courses and Clusters as a Percentage of Total Major Requirements

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Appendix 16: Shakespeare Requirements

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Appendix 17: Standard Authors

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Appendix 18: Subject Matter Distribution Requirements

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Appendix 19: Top Authors, 1964-65

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Appendix 20: Top Authors, 1989-90

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Appendix 21: Top Authors, 1997-98

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Appendix 22: Top Authors All Years, 1964-65 Base

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Appendix 23: Top Authors All Years, 1997-98 Base

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Appendix 24: Top Living Authors, 1989-90

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Appendix 25: Top Living Authors, 1997-98

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Appendix 26: Top Living Authors, 1989 and 1997 Compared

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