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What kind of ‘knowledge’ is English? (re-reading the Newbolt Report)

journal contribution
posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Brenton DoeckeBrenton Doecke
This essay takes Michael Young’s 2007 call ‘to bring knowledge back in’ as an occasion to reflect on the relationship between subject English and the disciplinary knowledge that provides its foundations. It focuses on a key text in the history of English teaching, namely The Teaching of English in England, published in 1921 (otherwise known as the Newbolt Report), arguing that it reflects a moment in the emergence of English as a cultural praxis that is still relevant to us, especially with respect to the claims it makes for literature as the core of subject English. The richness of subject English as it is embodied in its history cannot be comprehended by Young’s understanding of ‘knowledge’.

History

Journal

Changing English

Volume

24

Pagination

230-245

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1358-684X

eISSN

1469-3585

Language

English

Grant ID

ARC DP160101084 2016–2019

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, The editors of Changing English

Issue

3

Publisher

Taylor & Francis