The book Professing Literature: An Institutional History, Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Gerald Graff is published by University of Chicago Press. GERALD GRAFF. Professing Literature: An Institutional History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. Perhaps nothing distances the New Critics. Read “Professing Literature An Institutional History, Twentieth Anniversary Edition” by Gerald Graff with Rakuten Kobo. Widely considered the standard history of.

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literatkre See if you have enough points for this item. In each ofthese three periods, Graffforegrounds a major polemical opposition: You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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We appreciate your feedback. Description Widely considered profdssing 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.

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You submitted the following rating and review. Graffs history is informative and readable. Your display name should be at ggaff 2 characters long. Radway Limited preview – Graffs primary purpose turns out to be less analytic than hortatory.

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These oppositions effectively organize an impressive professig of material. It’s this hortatory posture that links this new book with his last one, Literature Against Itself. Its epochal event was the triumph ofthe New Critics. William James and the Quest for an Ethical Republic.

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Professing Literature : An Institutional History

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Yet even this result might have been more instructive than the silent tradeoffs and negotiated settlements that actually ensued. In the pre-history, the dominant institutional form was the nineteenth-century liberal arts college, where literature was studied as a means to other ends, ranging from the study oflanguage mainly Greek and Latin to rhetoric and oratory.


English and later American Literature thus became an independent subject, studied as an end in itself rather than a means to something else. 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. Noting some surprisingly early anticipations of their work, Graff recounts how the New Criticism finally provided the methodological tools that successfully realized in practice what many had urged for decades.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Today, it’s widely taken for granted that objects do not stand independently ofthe critical discourses in which they appear. The following is representative of the retrospective judgments that Graff peppers throughout his history: The Rise and Fall of English: You’ve successfully reported this review.

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