Ten years ago in The Rise and Fall of English , I argued that the fall of English studies might be fortunate if the field could be reconstituted as a discipline. That no longer seems possible to me. In this article, I therefore argue for a shift from a field organized around the concept of literature to one organized around textuality: the production and reception of texts in all the media that use the English language. This will only be possible if we first recognize that English studies has really fallen.
Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2010
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