Professing Literature

An Institutional History, Twentieth Anniversary Edition

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  • 0226305252
  • 9780226305592
  • 9780226305257
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
  • University of Chicago Press; November 2008
  • ISBN 9780226305257
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  • Title: Professing Literature
  • Author: Gerald Graff
  • Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0226305252
  • 9780226305592
  • 9780226305257

About The Author

Gerald Graff is professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been elected to serve as the President of the Modern Language Association in 2008.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0226305252
  • 9780226305592
  • 9780226305257