Bibliography for the 

History of English Studies

This list maintained by Rita Raley and last updated March 16, 1997. [History of English Studies Page

Altick, Richard E. The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public 1800-1900. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957. 

Applebee, Arthur. Tradition and Reform in the Teaching of English: A History. Urbana: NCTE, 1974. 

Baldick. Chris. The Social Mission of English Criticism, 1848-1932. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983. 

Barry, Peter. Beginning Theory. NY: Manchester UP, 1995. 

Berlin, James A. Writing Instruction in Nineteenth-Century American Colleges. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1984. 

---. Rhetoric and Reality: Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1900-1985. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1987. 

Bloom, Allan. The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987. 

Holton, Robert. "'A True Bond of Unity': Popular Education and the Foundation of the Discipline of English Literature in England." Dalhousie Review 66.1/2 Spring/Summer 1986. 31-44. 

Cain, William E. The Crisis in Criticism: Theory, Literature and Refordm in English Studies. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1984. 

Collins, John Churton. The Study of English Literature; a plea for its recognition and organization at the universities. New York: Macmillan, 1891. 

Cook, Albert. The Higher Study of English. Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1906. 

Court, Franklin. Institutionalizing English Literature: The Culture and Politics of Literary Study. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1992. 

Crawford, Robert. Devolving English Literature. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992. 

Damrosch, David. We Scholars: Changing the Culture of the University. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1995. 

Doyle, Brian. English and Englishness. New York: Routledge, 1989. 

Eaglestone, Robert.  Ethical Criticism: Reading After Levinas. Edinburgh:  Edinburgh UP, 1997. 

Eagleton, Terry. The Function of Criticism: From The Spectator to Post-Structuralism. London: Verso, 1984. 

---. "The Rise of English," from Literary Theory: An Introduction. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1983. 

Eliot, T.S. The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1933. 

Engler, Balz, and Renate Haas, eds. European English Studies: Contributions towards the History of a Discipline. Leicester:  The English Association for ESSE, 2000.

Fromm, Harold. Academic Capitalism, Literary Value. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991. 

Geiger, R.L. To Advance Knowledge: The growth of American research universities, 1900-1940. NY: Oxford UP, 1986. 

---. Research and Relevant Knowledge: American research universities since World War II. NY: Oxford UP, 1993. 

Grady, Hugh. "Professionalism, Culture, and the Predicament of Literary Studies," Telos 80 (1989).

Graff, Gerald. Professing Literature: an Institutional History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987. 

---. with Reginald Gibbons, eds. Criticism in the University. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1985. 

---. with Michael Warner, eds. The Origins of Literary Studies in America. New York: Routledge, 1989. 

Gross, John. The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters; aspects of English Literary Life Since 1800. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1969. 

Guillory, John. Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. 

Harrison, G. B. Profession of English. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, 1962. 

Herford, C.H. The Bearing of English Studies upon the National Life. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1910. 

Hohendahl, Peter Uwe. The Institution of Criticism. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1982. 

Hunter, Ian. Culture and Government: The Emergence of Literary Education. London: Macmillan, 1989. 

---.  "History Lessons for 'English.'" Cultural Studies 8:1 (1994): 142-62. 

Jameson, Fredric. "The state of the subject," Critical Quarterly 29, No. 4 (Winter 1987): 16-25. 

Kames, Henry Hume, Lord. Elements of Criticism. Edinburgh: A. Miller, 1762. 

Kitzhaber, A.R. Rhetoric in American Colleges: 1850-1900. Dallas: Southern Methodist UP, 1990. 

Klancher, Jon. The Making of English Reading Audiences, 1790-1832. Madison: Wisconsin UP, 1987. 

Leavis, F.R. Education and the University: A Sketch for an 'English School'. London: Chatto and Windus, 1943. 

Leavis, F.R. and Denys Thompson. Culture and Environment: The Training of Critical Awareness. London: Chatto and Windus, 1933. 

Lindemann, E. and G. Tate, eds. An Introduction to Composition Studies. NY: Oxford UP, 1991. 

McMurtry, Jo. English Language, English Literature: The Creation of an Academic Discipline. Hamden, Conn: Archon Books, 1985. 

Mathieson, Margaret. The Preachers of Culture: A Study of English and Its Teachers. London: Allen and Unwin, 1975. 

Newbolt, Henry. The Idea of an English Association. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1928. 

Newman, John Henry. The Idea of a University. Edited by Martin J. Svaglic. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1982. 

Ohmann, Richard. English in America: A Radical View of the Profession. New York: Oxford UP, 1976. 

Palmer, D.J. The Rise of English Studies. London: Oxford UP, 1965. 

Palumbo-Liu, David, ed. The Ethnic Canon: Histories, Institutions, and Interventions.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 1995. 

Parker, W.R. "Where do English departments come from?" College English 28, No. 5 (1967): 339-357. 

Peim, Nick. Critical Theory and the English Teacher: Transforming the Subject. London: Routledge, 1993. 

Posnett, Hutcheson Macaulay. Comparative Literature. London: Kegan Paul, 1886. 

Potter, Stephen. The Muse in Chains: A Study in Education. Capetown, 1937. 

Rajan, Rajeswari Sunder, ed. The Lie of the land : English literary studies in India. New York: Oxford UP, 1992. 

Readings, Bill.  The University in Ruins.  Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1996. 

Richards, I.A. Principles of Literary Criticism. London: Kegan Paul, 1924. 

Rudolph, Frederick. Curriculum: A History of the American Undergraduate Course of Study Since 1636. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1977. 

Sampson, George. English for the English: A Chapter on National Education. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1952. 

Scott, Patrick and Pauline Fletcher, eds. Culture and Education in Victorian England. Leicester UP, 198? 

Sedgwick, Adam. A Discourse on the Studies of the University (1833). Reprint Leicester, Leicester UP, 1969. 

Shumway, David. Creating American Civilization: A Genealogy of American Literature as an Academic Discipline. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994. 

Snow, C.P.  The Two Cultures.  Cambridge:  Cambridge UP, 1993 [1959/1964]. 

Tuman, Myron. "From Astor Place to Kenyon Road: The NCTE and the Origins of English Studies," College English 48 (1986): 339-49. 

Veblen, Thorstein. The Theory of the Leisure Class. New York: Macmillan, 1899. 

Veysey, L.R. The Emergence of the American University. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1965. 

Viswanathan, Gauri. Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India. New York: Columbia UP, 1989. 

Warner, Michael. "Professionalization and the Rewards of Literature, 1875-1900," Criticism 27 (1985): 1-28. 

Watkins, Evan. Work Time: English departments and the Circulation of Cultural Value. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1989. 

West, Cornel. "Minority Discourse and Canon Formation." Yale Journal of Criticism 1 (1987): 193-201. 

Wellek, Rene and Austin Warren. Theory of Literature. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, 1949. 

Widdowson, Peter, ed. Re-Reading English. New York: Methuen, 1982. 

Williams, Raymond. "The Future of English Literature," from What I Came to Say. London: Hutchinson Press, 1989. 


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