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By Gerald Graff

Generally thought of the normal heritage of the occupation of literary reports, Professing Literature reveals the long-forgotten principles and debates that created the literature division as we all know it this day. In a readable and often-amusing narrative, Gerald Graff exhibits that the heated conflicts of our fresh tradition wars echo—and usually recycle—controversies over how literature will be taught that all started greater than a century ago.

Updated with a brand new preface through the writer that addresses a few of the provocative arguments raised by way of its preliminary booklet, Professing Literature continues to be a necessary historical past of literary pedagogy and a serious classic.

“Graff’s background. . . is a pathbreaking research displaying how our associations form literary suggestion and providing how they may be changed.”— The Norton Anthology of conception and Criticism

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Lyman Bagg’s description of 32 LITERATURE IN THE OLDCOLLEGE: 1828-1876 freshman recitations at Yale gives a vivid picture of the process. The students are seated alphabetically upon the three rows of rising benches . . and are requested to retain the same relative positions in future recitations, both in that and other recitation rooms. . The division officer sits behind a sort of raised box or pulpit, overlooking the whole. .

By making the teaching staff and the curriculum self-regulating, the principle let instructors get on with the job of teaching and research in an efficient and untroubled way, but it also relieved them of the need to discuss the reasons they were doing what they were doing. Organizational structure left the faculty without the need to confer about matters of fundamental concern with colleagues in their own and other departments. Not that there was any lack of controversy, of course-this has always been plentiful enough-but controversy was curiously screened from students and outsiders.

The division officer sits behind a sort of raised box or pulpit, overlooking the whole. .

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