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Beyond Management Culture: The Experience of English

Gary Day

in The Cambridge Quarterly

Published on behalf of Cambridge Quarterly

Volume 34, issue 3, pages 213-220
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0008-199X
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1471-6836 | DOI:
Beyond Management Culture: The Experience of English

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The author recalls how much easier English was than maths, at least until he arrived at university where, thanks to the sway of high theory, he found it far more complicated than he had ever found long division. But his passion for the subject was not entirely quenched and he was a school teacher before eventually becoming a lecturer in a new university. His main theme here is how the increasingly corporate culture of universities affects both the nature of English and how it is taught. He argues that one of the virtues of English is that it shows that all life is not transparent, and that some experiences are valuable to the extent that we cannot know them fully. He has one aim in teaching the subject and that is to win his students over to the joys and possibilities of language. Needless to say, he mostly fails.

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