A Field of Magpies: Disciplinary Emergence as Modus Vivendi in English Studies

Herbert Tucker
Our summons to draw “Lessons from the Past: The Emergence of University English” evokes, inescapably, some prominent institutional dimensions. These deserve such careful attention at present that I must acknowledge them in starting and, although the following discussion will chiefly trace out other dimensions of the topic, must return to them in closing as well. To the extent that “University English” involves matters such as organizational authority and clout, departmental viability and adaptation, the task...
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