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The Condition of English: Literary Studies in a Changing Culture (Contributions to the Study of Education)

 
 
 
 
The Condition of English: Literary Studies in a Changing Culture (Contributions to the Study of Education)
Author: Avrom Fleishman
ISBN 13: 9780313306785
ISBN 10: 313306788
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Praeger
Publication Date: 1998-07-23
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 176
List Price: $122.00
 
 

Now that the political correctness controversy has cooled, a time for sober reflection on the field of English has arrived. In this insightful overview of English, and of literary studies, Fleishman employs both historical perspective and pragmatic sense about choices for the future. His approach is to apply recent strategies of contextual understanding to English itself. What can a class analysis tell us about the influence on the profession of the changing American socioeconomic system? What are the likely intellectual and professional outcomes of the curricular embrace of minority literatures, neglected authors, and popular culture? Beyond stimulating self-evaluation by English educators, this study prepares readers outside the field to selectively encourage new curricular and methodological opportunities.

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Fleishman (English, Johns Hopkins U.) assesses the state of the English department in the wake of the PC debate and the headlights of financial cutbacks. Analyzing current academic literature and his experience, he tracks changes in his own department over time and discusses their significance. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.