Professing Literature: An Institutional History

by Gerald Graff

Paperback, 1989

Publication

University of Chicago Press (1989), 324 pages

Description

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)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1987

Physical description

324 p.; 8.95 inches

ISBN

0226306046 / 9780226306049
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