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The Two Cultures of English: Literature, Composition, and the Moment of Rhetoric

Jason Maxwell


The Two Cultures of English examines the academic discipline of English in the final decades of the twentieth century and the first years of the new millennium. During this period, longstanding organizational patterns within the discipline were disrupted. With the introduction of French theory into the American academy in the 1960s and 1970s, both literary studies and composition studies experienced a significant reorientation. The introduction of theory into English Studies not only intensified existing tensions between those in literature and those in composition but also produced commonalit ... More

Keywords: composition, discipline, English studies, literary studies, rhetoric, theory, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823282463
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282463.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Maxwell, author
University at Buffalo, SUNY