Condition Of English

Condition Of English

by Avrom Fleishman
     
 
Now that the political correctness controversy has cooled, a time for sober reflection on the field of English has arrived. In this insightful overview of English, and of literary studies, Fleishman employs both historical perspective and pragmatic sense about choices for the future. His approach is to apply recent strategies of contextual understanding to English

Overview

Now that the political correctness controversy has cooled, a time for sober reflection on the field of English has arrived. In this insightful overview of English, and of literary studies, Fleishman employs both historical perspective and pragmatic sense about choices for the future. His approach is to apply recent strategies of contextual understanding to English itself. What can a class analysis tell us about the influence on the profession of the changing American socioeconomic system? What are the likely intellectual and professional outcomes of the curricular embrace of minority literatures, neglected authors, and popular culture? Beyond stimulating self-evaluation by English educators, this study prepares readers outside the field to selectively encourage new curricular and methodological opportunities.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Fleishman (English, Johns Hopkins U.) assesses the state of the English department in the wake of the PC debate and the headlights of financial cutbacks. Analyzing current academic literature and his experience, he tracks changes in his own department over time and discusses their significance. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313306785
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/1998
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Education Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1580L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

AVROM FLEISHMAN is Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of seven books on Victorian and modern literature and film.

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