The Rise and Fall of English: Reconstructing English as a Discipline

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This work examines the nature and direction of English studies in America. Robert Scholes offers an intervention in current debates about educational and cultural values and goals, showing how English came to occupy its present place in the American educational system, diagnozing the educational illness he perceives in today's English departments, and recommending theoretical and practical changes in the field of English studies. Scholes's position defies neat labels - it is a deeply conservative expression of the wish to preserve the best in the English tradition of verbal and textual studies, yet it is an argument for reconstruction of the discipline of English.

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A middling effort to claim the culture wars' middle ground over the teaching of English in high schools, colleges, and universities. Scholes (Humanities/Brown Univ.) has seen enough in almost 50 years ... Read full review

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In the early American University, ‘the rhetorical power of persuasion and the aesthetic power of literature are conceived as one thing, not differentiated as we regularly differentiate them but seen ... Read full review

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