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Bitterness in the Early Eighties

Bernard Bergonzi

in Exploding English

Published in print May 1991 | ISBN: 9780198112617
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112617.003.0002

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Bitterness in the Early Eighties

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This chapter discusses several arguments made in the 1980s about the state of English studies. It is shown that these arguments, which became unusually angry and peculiarly public, are full of human interest and include elements of dark comedy and occasional farce, while also raising serious questions about criticism and higher education.

Keywords: arguments; 1980s; English studies; human interest; dark comedy; farce; criticism; higher education

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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