I don't know Scholes "Rise and Fall..." but I'm wondering if it raises similar
points to those John Willinsky makes in "The Triumph of Lierature and the Fate
of Literacy"? He traces the rise of 'English' as a discipline and a school
subject, examining the assumptions in the influence of Arnold, Leavis,
Rosenblatt and Frye, then asks: 'What about literacy?' Should I read Scholes if
I have questions like this?
Vernon Shetley does an interesting thing on the distinction which grew up in
university English departments between the 'Lit' people and the 'Creative
Writing' people. He uses Altieri's terms 'lyric' and . . . (Someone help me out.
I'm at the office without my 'real' files.) . . . but, I'm beginning to see a
difference which was felt at Inkshed XV, a similar opposition. There the terms
were . . .? . . . and 'expressive'.
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> I remember at the 4Cs Russ said he was half way through Robert Scholes
> "Rise and Fall of English". I was at about the same stage myself so we
> talked about it a little. I'm wondering, has anyone else read the
> book? Does anyone have a reaction to it? I guess I'm particularly
> wondering if folks like Henry or others have thoughts on how it might
> translate to the Canadian context. Obviously the rise of "English
> Literature" differs here from south of the border, but the trajectory
> seems similar (i.e. a bee-line toward irrelevance, or what Scholes calls
> Anyway, it is the kind of book I feel like I need to "talk" about to get
> my ideas straight, so if anyone wants to bite, I'll bite back--er--so to
> speak. ;)
> Rob Irish
M.E.M. Forrest, Ph.D.
School of Education
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