Professing Literature: An Institutional History

by Gerald Graff

Paperback, 1989


University of Chicago Press (1989), 324 pages


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… (more)


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324 p.; 8.95 inches


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