Number 1

Doctor! Doctor! Doctoral Studies in English in Twenty-first century Britain
Two Essays by Annabel Patterson and Judie Newman
The English Association Issues in English, Number 1, 2001.

Publication date: Thursday 3 May 2001

Help! Doctoral studies in the humanities in Britain are in trouble. One problem is getting students to finish their theses within the expected four years while maintaining traditional high standards. Another is what to do with the large number of doctoral students in the arts once they have got their degree.
The first pamphlet in a new series called Issues in English published by the English Association looks at these problems in two essays by distinguished academics: Annabel Patterson, Professor of English at Yale, and Judie Newman, Professor of American Literature at Nottingham.
Doctor! Doctor! Doctoral Studies in English in Twenty-first century Britain looks at the case for restricting access to the doctorate and changing its structure. It also considers reasons why the traditional doctorate and its stringent standards should be retained. Is it good training for anything other than life as an academic?
Doctor! Doctor! asks questions and canvasses solutions in the hope of sparking off discussion in the higher education community at large, as well as in the more restricted circle of English studies. It is especially timely in view of the pressure on departments to take more and more doctoral students (they mean money and status). It appears at a moment when quotas in the giving of student grants are actively under consideration by the Arts and Humanities Research Board. It is essential reading for those engaged in shaping postgraduate study in the arts.

ISBN: 0 900232 19 6 28pp


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