Disciplining English: Alternative Histories, Critical Perspectives / Edition 1

Disciplining English: Alternative Histories, Critical Perspectives / Edition 1

by David R. Shumway
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791453669

ISBN-13: 9780791453667

Pub. Date: 07/30/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

These provocative essays explore the unwritten, often unacknowledged codes, conventions, and ideologies overseeing the evolution and current practice of English as a “discipline.” The first section of the book offers historical perspectives: how “composition” became distinguished from “literature,” how key intellectuals shaped…  See more details below

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These provocative essays explore the unwritten, often unacknowledged codes, conventions, and ideologies overseeing the evolution and current practice of English as a “discipline.” The first section of the book offers historical perspectives: how “composition” became distinguished from “literature,” how key intellectuals shaped the discipline, and how various specialties—Renaissance literature, American literature, “theory”—became subfields. The second section focuses on how certain aesthetic categories of art and universal experience persist today in the actual teaching and writing of “English.” While it is fashionable to say that we are living in the age of poststructuralism, or that literary theory has delivered us from idealized conceptions of authorship and inherent meaning, these essays examine how these conceptions nevertheless remain and are transmitted: in different types of classroom settings, in textbooks, and in the self-fashioning of academic careers. At a time when the role and function of English departments have become matters of both academic and public debate, this book will be a welcome resource for students, professionals, and anyone interested in the Culture Wars of the past two decades.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791453667
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/30/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. IEpisodes in the History of English
1Child's Ballads: Narrating Histories of Composition and Literary Studies19
2Institutionalizing English: Rhetoric on the Boundaries39
3A Short History of a Border War: Social Science, School Reform, and the Study of Literature59
4Period Making and the Discipline: A Genealogy of the Idea of the Renaissance in ELH83
5Emerson and the Shape of American Literature99
6The Posttheory Generation115
Pt. IIThe Current Arrangements
7Composing Literary Studies in Graduate Courses135
8Inventing Gender: Creative Writing and Critical Agency149
9Profiting Pedants: Symbolic Capital, Text Editing, and Cultural Reproduction159
10A New Kind of Work: Publishing, Theory, and Cultural Studies179
11What Hath English Wrought: The Corporate University's Fast Food Discipline195
Afterword213
Contributors221
Index223

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