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Clandestine English: The Subject Without Qualities

Thomas Docherty

in The Cambridge Quarterly

Published on behalf of Cambridge Quarterly

Volume 34, issue 3, pages 221-229
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0008-199X
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1471-6836 | DOI:
Clandestine English: The Subject Without Qualities

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The author explores the discrepancy captured in Rosslyn’s article (Cambridge Quarterly 2004) between what the English QAA-governed ‘benchmarks’ suggest happens in the university teaching of English and the actual facts of the typical reality. He suggests the existence of a ‘clandestine university’ within the official university, one which refuses to prioritise the official workings of the university and sees its task as being to get on with what Virginia Woolf called the work of the ‘unknown and uncircumscribed spirit’ — a search for the limits of knowledge and the boundaries of freedom.

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