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The Organisation of Literary Knowledge: The Study of English in the Late Nineteenth Century

Carol Atherton

in The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263266
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263266.003.0010

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The Organisation of Literary Knowledge: The Study of English in the Late Nineteenth Century

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This chapter discusses the emergence of English as an academic subject in the nineteenth century. It demonstrates how the early degree courses in English literature at a number of English universities were characterised by attempts to make the subject fulfil the disciplinary criteria that it should be rigorous, teachable and objective. It also analyses the series of debates that surrounded the teaching of English literature at Oxford, King’s College in London and Owens College in Manchester.

Keywords: English; universities; English literature; Oxford; King’s College; Owens College

Chapter.  6928 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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