Submitter: The cover says enough to explain why this 1985 publication is an awful library book. What’s striking, though, is how little has changed. Thirty years later, English departments still fight to justify their existence to administrators and parents, contend with dwindling resources, and struggle to include diversity in their curriculum. And even as the technology grows more sophisticated, the fundamental debates over the effects of digital media on impressionable minds – as well as the practical value of computer games in the classroom – remains the same.
Holly: I bet this was pretty groundbreaking stuff in 1985. Submitter is right that some (most?) of these concepts are still important 30+ years later. We just approach them from a 21st century mindset now. This is a weeder, for sure. A new book on the history of academia, curriculum, and education would at least put these ideas in the proper context.