To Question Why?
Again, I am baffled and confused by the actions of so-called "learned academics/professors".
Our supposed-to-be respected and learned professors who run the University of Queensland at St. Lucia, Brisbane have scrapped the study of American literature! Can you believe this? I can't. America, the world's dominant power and our most important ally, has had the study of its literature taken off the list of courses offered at Queensland University! I might be repeating myself, but I have to do so to believe what I'm reading and hearing!
What is happening at St. Lucia? In the past two years four key positions have been lost, all in the area of literature. They have lost a professor, a senior lecturer and a lecturer in the fields of Australian and American literature. Courses are being diminished and staff sacrificed in the English department...the department of English Cultural Studies and Art History. Apparently the cuts are not just in literature, but in history and philosophy, as well.
This is a scandal, but you can bet your bottom dollar further discussion or exposure of this hard-to-fathom move will be pushed under the rug!
The 2007 Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History (new title), the director of the centre, Professor David Carter has reportedly said '"the univerisity's long tradition of teaching Australian literature would continue...the future is not all bleak.'" Somehow, I'm not totally convinced by his utterances!
Umm...someone should remind him and the other so-called "learned professors" at the university who have abandoned the study of American literature there is a saying going around..."no man is an island"....I think this may apply to the nation of Australia, also...