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The Trouble With English

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the subject of English or English departments.

Their history begins, surprisingly to some, not in English-speaking countries, but on the European continent in the mid-19th century, when English-language instruction—later combined with instruction in literature and culture—was recognized as a pragmatic necessity for business and politics to communicate with the most successful liberal economy in the world: Britain.

As Richard Ohmann, Gerald Graff, and oth…