Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Master Narratives: Persistance, Resistance, and Subversion

Pat Moody.

What many have called "ango-saxonism" has provided a centuries-long set of master narratives for the maintenance of shared understandings of language and culture, specifically realized in discourses around class, race and gender. This presentation outlines, through selected specific examples drawn from literature, the ways in which these 'master narratives' persist, are resisted, and in many instances finally subverted, and demonstrates the critical importance of rethinking humanities curricula, beginning with courses in the master narrative of language history itself.


Pat Moody  (United States)
Associate Professor
English Department
Syracuse University

  • Master narratives
  • Euro-centric
  • Discourse analysis
  • Language history

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)