Paul Lauter

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Winter 1981


In order to get some sense of the extent to which changes in introductory American literature courses had begun to take place, I conducted a small survey. I collected syllabi from fifty courses in twenty-five representative colleges and universities across the country. These included one- and two-term survey courses, as well as somewhat more specialized introductory courses. Some of the courses used anthologies; others, individual paperbacks. The institutions included major private universities and colleges, like Brown, Williams, the University of Southern California, and Duke; state universities, like Rutgers and New Mexico; and women's colleges, I ike Barnard and Mount Holyoke. A number of additional responses arrived after I had compiled the results; they simply confirmed what I had found.



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