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Politics and Value in English Studies : A Discipline in Crisis? - Josephine M. Guy

Politics and Value in English Studies

A Discipline in Crisis?

Hardcover Published: 29th October 1993
ISBN: 9780521442534
Number Of Pages: 208

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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 explicit attempt by some radical critics on both sides of the Atlantic to politicise the discipline has profound consequences for the nature of English studies. They describe the current state of disciplinary knowledge, together with its social and philosophical preconditions; they analyse recent proposals for reform; and they discuss the ways in which these proposed reforms would affect the three main practices of the discipline - literary criticism, literary history and text-editing. In the process they demystify issues and arguments which have often in the past 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

The nature of disciplinary knowledge
Authority and value
Value in literary history
Value in text-editing
The discipline of English
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ISBN: 9780521442534
ISBN-10: 0521442532
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 29th October 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.41

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