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The Employment of English
Author: Michael Berube

ISBN: 9780814713006
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 16 November 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.7 x 2.2
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What sorts of cultural criticism are teachers and scholars to produce, and how can that criticism be "employed" in the culture at large?

In recent years, debates about the role and direction of English departments have mushroomed into a broader controversy over the public legitimacy of literary criticism. At first glance this might seem odd: few taxpayers and legislators care whether the nation's English professors are doing justice to the project of identifying the beautiful and the sublime. But in the context of the legitimation crisis in American higher education, the image of English departments has in fact played a major role in determining public attitudes toward colleges and college faculty. Similarly, the changing economic conditions of universities have prompted many English professors to rethink their relations to their "clients," asking how literary study can serve the American public.

What sorts of cultural criticism are teachers and scholars to produce, and how can that criticism be "employed" in the culture at large? In The Employment of English, Michael BAA(c)rubAA(c), one of our most eloquent a...

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