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The Evolution of College English
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In The Evolution of College English, Thomas P. Miller defines college English studies as literacy studies and presents a history of how it has evolved in tandem with broader developments. He maps out “four corners” of English departments: literature, language studies, teacher education, and writing studies. Miller identifies their development with changes in the technologies and economies of literacy that have redefined what students write and read, which careers they enter, and how literature represents their experiences and aspirations. Miller looks to comprehensive departments of English that value studies of teaching, writing, and language as well as literature. He also examines broadly based institutions that are engaged with writing at work in public life, with schools and public agencies, with access issues, and with media, ethnic, and cultural studies. With the growing privatization of higher education, such pragmatic engagements become vital to sustaining a civic vision of English studies and the humanities generally.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 1. Learning and the Learned in Colonial New England
  2. pp. 24-55
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  1. 2. Republican Rhetoric
  2. pp. 56-86
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  1. 3. When Colleges Were Literary Institutions
  2. pp. 87-123
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  1. 4. How the Teaching of Literacy Gave Rise to the Profession of Literature
  2. pp. 124-172
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  1. 5. At the Ends of the Profession
  2. pp. 173-217
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  1. Conclusion: Why the Pragmatics of Literacy Are Critical
  2. pp. 218-250
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 251-280
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 281-315
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-331
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  1. Back Cover
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