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Exploding EnglishCriticism, Theory, Culture$
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Bernard Bergonzi

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112617.001.0001

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Bitterness in the Early Eighties

Bitterness in the Early Eighties

(p.10) 2. Bitterness in the Early Eighties
Exploding English

Bernard Bergonzi

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses several arguments made in the 1980s about the state of English studies. It is shown that these arguments, which became unusually angry and peculiarly public, are full of human interest and include elements of dark comedy and occasional farce, while also raising serious questions about criticism and higher education.

Keywords:   arguments, 1980s, English studies, human interest, dark comedy, farce, criticism, higher education

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