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Paul de Man and Martin McQuillan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641048

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.001.0001

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Field of Comparative Literature: Analysis of Needs (1967)

Field of Comparative Literature: Analysis of Needs (1967)

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(p.229) 17 Field of Comparative Literature: Analysis of Needs (1967)
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The Paul De Man Notebooks
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Martin McQuillan

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.003.0018

In this 1967 essay, Paul de Man provides an authoritative institutional voice on comparative literature as a discipline. He cites the guidelines laid down by a special committee of the American Comparative Literature Association to govern standards in the field, but argues that these decisions can only be carried out by the practice of actual teachers of comparative literature in the various departments; the priority, therefore, falls on teacher training on the doctoral and postdoctoral level. Rather than for further departmental proliferation, de Man calls for consolidation and closer contact between the existing leading graduate programs. He also offers recommendations regarding the curriculum and special programs, including graduate programs abroad as well as postdoctoral programs and centres, organisation and facilities, and manpower.

Keywords:   comparative literature, Paul de Man, teacher training, graduate programs, curriculum, postdoctoral programs, manpower

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