- Michael Adams
- Days and Times
- MWF 9:05a - 9:55a OR MWF 11:15a - 12:05 p (3 CR)
- Course Description
There are as many Englishes spoken around the world as there are English-speaking cultures, and it belongs to no country – not even England. Speakers of formerly colonial English are reluctant to agree that there is one, hegemonic, totalizing English, and that the imperial power owns and controls it — the Queen has her English, and they have theirs. The purpose of this course is to use various Englishes, their structures and histories, in order to explore English-speaking cultures around the world, not in isolation but in relation to one another. We will observe the ways in which local values, traditions, beliefs, and customs shape varieties of the “global” language. We will discuss English in its many variations including Standard English, Postcolonial English, and 21st Century English and travel the world via the English language. There will be two short papers, a group presentation, and a midterm and final exam.