Ideas of the Decade: American Literature

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ACLA Report on the State of the Discipline 2014-2015

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In July 1980, Earl E. Fitz, a professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and Comparative Literature at Penn State University, made the following prediction: “It is our contention that inter-American literary studies, naturally of a comparative nature, will prove themselves to be a major trend of the near future, one which will eventually establish itself as a permanent and vital part of every comparative literature department and program in the country” (“Old World Roots/ New World Realities” 10). Over 30 years later, comparatists know that Fitz was only half right.


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From the About section: The decennial ACLA Report on the State of the Discipline appears here for the first time in digital form. It follows the printed reports from 1965 and 1975, both written, on behalf of a committee, by single authors (Harry Levin and Thomas Greene, respectively), as well as edited volumes featuring responses, written by a variety of scholars from the field, to more-or-less definitive reports written by Charles Bernheimer (published as Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism, 1994) and Haun Saussy (published as Comparative Literature in the Age of Globalization, 2006).