Get 2 top 10 audiobooks free with a LoveReading exclusive

LoveReading has teamed up with Audiobooks.com to give you the chance to get 2 free audiobooks when you sign up. Try it for 30 days for free with no strings attached. You can cancel anytime, although we're sure you'll love it. Click the button to find out more:

Find out more

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture The Origins of American Literature Studies: An Institutional History

by Elizabeth (Professor, Ohio State University) Renker

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture The Origins of American Literature Studies: An Institutional History Synopsis

Although American literature is a standard subject in the American college curriculum, a century ago few people thought it should be taught there. Elizabeth Renker uncovers the complex historical process through which American literature overcame its image of aesthetic and historical inferiority to become an important field for academic study and research. Renker's extensive original archival research focuses on four institutions of higher education serving distinct regional, class, race and gender populations. She argues that American literature's inferior image arose from its affiliation with non-elite schools, teachers and students, and that it had to overcome this social identity in order to achieve status as serious knowledge. Renker's revisionary analysis is an important contribution to the intellectual history of the United States and will be of interest to anyone studying, teaching or researching American literature.

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture The Origins of American Literature Studies: An Institutional History Press Reviews

What differentiates The Origins of American Literature Studies is its refinement of --and in some cases, challenge to--broad historical narratives, a contribution that stems from Renker's original and democratic approach...as professors of American literature continue to struggle for institutional resources, The Origins of American Literature Studies provides a nuanced and orignial history of such necessary work. --The Minnesota Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521883450
Publication date: 18th October 2007
Author: Elizabeth (Professor, Ohio State University) Renker
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 232 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general,

About Elizabeth (Professor, Ohio State University) Renker

Elizabeth Renker is Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University.

More About Elizabeth (Professor, Ohio State University) Renker

Share this book