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The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain$
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Martin Daunton

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263266

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263266.001.0001

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The Organisation of Literary Knowledge: The Study of English in the Late Nineteenth Century

The Organisation of Literary Knowledge: The Study of English in the Late Nineteenth Century

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(p.218) (p.219) Chapter Ten: The Organisation of Literary Knowledge: The Study of English in the Late Nineteenth Century
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The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain
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Carol Atherton

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263266.003.0010

This chapter discusses the emergence of English as an academic subject in the nineteenth century. It demonstrates how the early degree courses in English literature at a number of English universities were characterised by attempts to make the subject fulfil the disciplinary criteria that it should be rigorous, teachable and objective. It also analyses the series of debates that surrounded the teaching of English literature at Oxford, King’s College in London and Owens College in Manchester.

Keywords:   English, universities, English literature, Oxford, King’s College, Owens College

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