Disciplining English: Alternative Histories, Critical Perspectives / Edition 1

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Offers historical and present-day perspectives on what English departments do, and how and why they do it.
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“The collection successfully exposes the constructedness of the discipline in interesting historical specificity, and makes worthwhile reading for anyone engaged in reflection about what we do as professors of English.” — symplokeµ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791453667
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

David R. Shumway is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Cultural Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University. His books include Creating American Civilization: A Genealogy of American Literature as an Academic Discipline.

Craig Dionne is Associate Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by David R. Shumway and Craig Dionne


1. Child's Ballads: Narrating Histories of Composition and Literary Studies
Patricia Harkin

2. Institutionalizing English: Rhetoric on the Boundaries
David R. Russell

3. A Short History of a Border War: Social Science, School Reform, and the Study of Literature
Elizabeth A. Wilson

4. Period Making and the Discipline: A Genealogy of the Idea of the Renaissance in ELH
Craig Dionne

5. Emerson and the Shape of American Literature
David R. Shumway

6. The Posttheory Generation
Jeffrey J. Williams


7. Composing Literary Studies in Graduate Courses
John Schilb

8. Inventing Gender: Creative Writing and Critical Agency
Molly Hite

9. Profiting Pedants: Symbolic Capital, Text Editing, and Cultural Reproduction
Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman

10. A New Kind of Work: Publishing, Theory, and Cultural Studies
Ronald Schleifer

11. What Hath English Wrought: The Corporate University's Fast Food Discipline
Cary Nelson

Afterword by Richard Ohmann



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