English in America

English in America : A Radical View of the Profession

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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.
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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 210mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0195019660
  • 9780195019667

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"English in America is one of the most important books in the field of literary studies of the past three decades . . . Much of what Ohmann wrote about in 1976-the intellectual, professional, and historical trends he describes-remains very pertinent today." -- William E. Cain, author of The Crisis in Criticism
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