English, its Literatures, and its Publics in an International Context

A Special Panel at the Modern Language Association Convention

Saturday 9 January 2016, Austin Convention Centre, Texas

In the United Kingdom, debates over the publics for research and teaching in literary studies are contentious. Debates over the purpose and health of English are equally heated. Government policies have increased marketization, competition, and the prevalence of economic utility. Panelists consider how English is coping in the tumult of these shifting contexts and what its possible futures might be.