The Evolution of College English: Literacy Studies from the Puritans to the Postmoderns

The Evolution of College English: Literacy Studies from the Puritans to the Postmoderns

by Thomas P. Miller
     
 

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Miller defines college English studies as literacy studies and examines how it has evolved in tandem with broader developments in literacy and the literate. He maps out “four corners” of English departments: literature, language studies, teacher education, and writing studies. Miller identifies their development with broader changes in the

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Miller defines college English studies as literacy studies and examines how it has evolved in tandem with broader developments in literacy and the literate. He maps out “four corners” of English departments: literature, language studies, teacher education, and writing studies. Miller identifies their development with broader changes in the technologies and economies of literacy that have redefined what students write and read, which careers they enter, and how literature represents their experiences and aspirations.

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“This is the most comprehensive history of English studies in the United States ever written. Fortunately, it is also the best. It will not only set the standard for histories of the field but also, in many ways, the agenda for the field into the post-postmodern era.”
—David Russell, Iowa State University

“Calling new work ‘ambitious’ often implies that its reach exceeded its grasp. But Miller’s new history of English studies in the United States successfully accounts for transhistorical literate practices in and around the field. His work remembers that English is a vernacular and thus remembers the constitutive force that emerged from religious, political, economic, multiple-gendered, and specifically schooled moments to become ‘English’ as a profession. Miller simultaneously expands the range and corrects the biases of previous histories of our profession, even his own, in an instantaneously sensible paradigm we need at another crucial moment, one redefining its legitimacy.”
—Susan J. Miller, University of Utah

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822961161
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
11/28/2010
Series:
Pitt Comp Literacy Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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