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Devolving English literature

Author: Robert Crawford
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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Devolving English Literature questions the manner in which since the eighteenth century an assumed English cultural centre has controlled the way we read. It interrogates the Anglocentricity of the subject 'English Literature' demonstrating how it has governed our reading of unEnglish and 'provincial' texts.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Crawford
ISBN: 0198119550 9780198119555 019811298X 9780198112983
OCLC Number: 24953787
Description: viii, 320 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. The Scottish Invention of English Literature --
2. British Literature --
3. Anthropology and Dialect --
4. Anthologizing America --
5. Modernism as Provincialism --
6. Barbarians.
Responsibility: Robert Crawford.
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"Devolving English Literature is a stunning book: original, extraordinarily wide-ranging, coherent, reflective, and strongly argued....A consistently impressive book."--Studies in English Literature Read more...

 
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