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Professing Literature: An Institutional History, Twentieth Anniversary Edition

Professing Literature: An Institutional History, Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Author: Gerald Graff
ISBN 13: 9780226305592
ISBN 10: 226305597
Edition: 20th ed.
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2007-12-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 340
List Price: $30.00

Widely considered the standard history of the profession of literary studies, Professing Literature unearths the long-forgotten ideas and debates that created the literature department as we know it today. In a readable and often-amusing narrative, Gerald Graff shows that the heated conflicts of our recent culture wars echo—and often recycle—controversies over how literature should be taught that began more than a century ago.

Updated with a new preface by the author that addresses many of the provocative arguments raised by its initial publication, Professing Literature remains an essential history of literary pedagogy and a critical classic.

“Graff’s history. . . is a pathbreaking investigation showing how our institutions shape literary thought and proposing how they might be changed.”— The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism


A paper reprint of the 1987 original in which Graff (humanities and Egnlish, Northwestern University) traces the history of the rise and development of academic literary studies in teh US. A detailed account of the forgotten and infamous figures and the frustrations and accomplishments that have shaped American English departments, the book is also a study in literary theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)