English in America A Radical View of the Profession

ISBN-10: 0819562947
ISBN-13: 9780819562944
Edition: Revised 
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Description: When it first appeared in 1976, this groundbreaking exploration of the influences of capitalism on the profession of English touched a nerve among educators and inspired Library Journal to declare, "This book should be read by all thoughtful  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 1/26/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 404
Size: 1.00" wide x 1.00" long x 0.93" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

When it first appeared in 1976, this groundbreaking exploration of the influences of capitalism on the profession of English touched a nerve among educators and inspired Library Journal to declare, "This book should be read by all thoughtful Americans." Now, 20 years later, in a substantial new introduction that recontextualizes the book, Richard Ohmann addresses the critical furor over its initial publication, evaluates his own arguments in the aftermath of the Cold War, and locates the profession of English in the thick of the hotly contested culture wars. A remarkably prescient book whose claims have withstood two decades of fierce debate, English in America is widely considered to be as relevant today as ever. Wise, witty, and urbane, it has much to teach all students of English.

Gerald Graff is a professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of several books including Professing Literature: An Institutional History, Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education, and Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind.

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction to the 1995 Edition
Introduction to the 1976 Edition
Literature and the Rites of Passage
English 101 and the Military-Industrial Complex
The Professional Ethos
Past and Future
Afterthoughts, 1995
Index

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