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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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Specialisation and Social Utility: Disciplining English Studies

Specialisation and Social Utility: Disciplining English Studies

(p.198) (p.199) Chapter Nine: Specialisation and Social Utility: Disciplining English Studies
The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain

Josephine M. Guy

British Academy

This chapter analyses the relationship between nineteenth-century and modern debates about the academic discipline of English. It discusses the development of the discipline of English in terms of wider changes in the social organisation of knowledge which took place in the late decades of the nineteenth century, particularly the processes which constitute professionalisation and specialisation. It suggests that a framework placing English in relation to general criteria for disciplinary knowledge represents a complete or sufficient understanding of its history. The chapter also discusses the role played by local institutional politics and practices and different countries and nationalities in the development of English as a discipline.

Keywords:   academic discipline, English, professionalisation, specialisation, disciplinary knowledge, politics

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