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English in America
A Radical View of the Profession
Richard Ohmann

1996 • 404 pp. 5 3/8 x 8 1/2"
Cultural Studies / Literary Criticism

$32.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6294-4

A reissue of a controversial analysis of the literature profession.

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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Reviews / Endorsements

"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

"English in America is one of a mere handful of books about the profession that actually helped to change the profession-and change it for the better, I believe. The effects of this change were irreversible: a demographically transformed student body, women in positions of authority, a more diverse and inclusionary curriculum. This book is an invaluable historical document. Now more than ever, we need such reminders that higher education can produce democracy precisely when our government abandons the task."—Nancy Armstrong, Brown University

RICHARD OHMANN is Professor of English at Wesleyan University and author of Politics of Letters (1987) and Shaw: The Style and the Man (1962). GERALD GRAFF is George M. Pullman Professor of English and Education, University of Chicago, and author of Beyond the Culture Wars (1992).

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