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Disciplining English: Alternative Histories, Critical Perspectives

by David R. Shumway

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Shumway, David and Craig Dionne. “Introduction.” In David R. Shumway and Craig Dionne, Eds. Disciplining English: Alternative Histories, Critical Perspectives (SUNY 2002): 1-18.
“[D]isciplines are historically specific forms of knowledge production, having certain organizational characteristics, making use of certain practices, and existing in a particular institutional environment. The “convergence of” “the social form of the academic disciplines” and the Foucauldian meaning “discipline” as “strategies of control” is no accident. “Disciplinary power’s greatest strength…lies in its usually not having to be enforced from the outside at all.” “Disciplines are not organized in order to solve real world problems or to achieve consensus, but rather to produce more knowledge about their objects.” “[D]isciplinarity requires the production of increasing amounts of similar work, and disciplines can be conceived as machines for the production of statements….Thus, disciplines are structured by problems or questions that are in some way self-reproducing.”
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Offers historical and present-day perspectives on what English departments do, and how and why they do it.

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