Politics and Value in English Studies: A Discipline in Crisis?

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The current debate about the nature of English studies has questioned the status of English as a discipline. Josephine Guy and Ian Small set this so-called "crisis in English" within the larger context of disciplinary knowledge. They examine the teaching of English and literary studies in the United States and Britain, and argue that the attempt by some radical critics to politicize the discipline has profound consequences for the nature of English studies. In the process they demystify issues and arguments that ...
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Overview

The current debate about the nature of English studies has questioned the status of English as a discipline. Josephine Guy and Ian Small set this so-called "crisis in English" within the larger context of disciplinary knowledge. They examine the teaching of English and literary studies in the United States and Britain, and argue that the attempt by some radical critics to politicize the discipline has profound consequences for the nature of English studies. In the process they demystify issues and arguments that have often been obscured by jargon and polemic.
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"Josephine Guy and Ian Small are extremely skilled in the arts of analysis and argumentation. Their book is a densely argued inquiry into what happens when people within English studies come to the conclusion that all literature is political, and that all judgments about literature are political as well." John L. Kijinski, English Literature in Transition
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521112130
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/11/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Preliminaries; 2. The nature of disciplinary knowledge; 3. Authority and value; 4. Value in literary history; 5. Value in text-editing; 6. The discipline of English.
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