Scott Hall 1960's

LOOKING BACK: Rutgers in the 1960s


Richard Poirier A World Elsewhere: The Place of Style in American Literature Paul Fussell
Professor Richard Poirier


A World Elsewhere

Scott Hall Ralph Ellison


Paul Fussell

1960 1960 - 1963: The Rutgers English graduate program’s popularity skyrockets; the number of enrolled students nearly doubles to 156.
1962 1962 - 1964: Ralph Ellison joins Rutgers English as a visiting professor of creative writing.

Professor Richard Poirier joins Rutgers English as chair of the department, aspiring to build a curriculum in “literary history.”

William Phillips, co-founder of The Partisan Review, joins the English department and makes Rutgers the journal’s new home.

Leaving Morrell Street, Rutgers English moves to Scott Hall.


1964 - 1965: Frederick Seidel, Susan Sontag, and Muriel Spark teach honors seminars in the English department.

Thomas R. Edwards joins the English department as an associate professor from the University of Califormia, Riverside.

For the first time English honors students can enroll in junior and senior honors seminars that the university now offers as part of its honors program.


Professor Paul Fussell publishes Rhetorical World of Augustan Humanism, which wins the Phelan Prize.

Rutgers English hosts a summer institute funded through a United States Office of Education grant secured by Professor Thomas R. Edwards.


1966 - 1967: Film studies courses are introduced into the curriculum and prove an instant hit with students.

Richard Poirier publishes A World Elsewhere: The Place of Style in American Literature.

The Association of American University Professors bestows the Meiklejohn Award on Rutgers President Mason W. Gross for his defense of academic freedom at the university.

1967 In his annual report on the English department, Professor Richard Poirier praises the faculty for “participating in the creation and maintenance of a first-rate organization.”
1968 1968 - 1969: The New Brunswick Department of English is formed to improve communication between each college’s English department.

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