Literary studies and the academy

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In 1885 the University of Oxford invited applications for the newly created Merton Professorship of English Language and Literature. The holder of the chair was, according to the statutes, to ‘lecture and give instruction on the broad history and criticism of English Language and Literature, and on the works of approved English authors’. This was not in itself a particularly innovatory move, as the study of English vernacular literature had played some part in higher education in Britain for over a century. Oxford University had put English as a subject into its pass degree in 1873, had been participating since 1878 in extension teaching, of which literary study formed a significant part, and had since 1881 been setting special examinations in the subject for its non-graduating women students. What was new was the fact that this ancient university appeared to be on the verge of granting the solid academic legitimacy of an established chair to an institutionally marginal and often contentious intellectual pursuit, acknowledging the study of literary texts in English to be a fit subject not just for women and the educationally disadvantaged but also for university men.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge History of Literary Criticism
Subtitle of host publicationVolume: 6 The Nineteenth Century, c.1830–1914
EditorsM. A. R. Habib
Place of PublicationCambridge
Pages46-71
Number of pages26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2013

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NameThe Cambridge History of Literary Criticism
PublisherCambridge University Press
Volume6

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  • academy

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Goldie, D. (2013). Literary studies and the academy. In M. A. R. Habib (Ed.), The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume: 6 The Nineteenth Century, c.1830–1914 (pp. 46-71). (The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism; Vol. 6). Cambridge. https://doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781139018456.004
Goldie, David. / Literary studies and the academy. The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume: 6 The Nineteenth Century, c.1830–1914. editor / M. A. R. Habib. Cambridge, 2013. pp. 46-71 (The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism).
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Goldie, D 2013, Literary studies and the academy. in MAR Habib (ed.), The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume: 6 The Nineteenth Century, c.1830–1914. The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. 6, Cambridge, pp. 46-71. https://doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781139018456.004

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