A More Conservative Place: Intellectual Culture in the Bush Era

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Identifying the historical antecedents of President George W. Bush’s imperial ambitions and the sources of the reactionary thought and politics that underlie them, Paul A. Bové shows how neoconservatism represents a singular danger to democracy. At the same time, he criticizes the equally disheartening inability of the academic Left to oppose neoconservatives and its tendency to mirror their views instead. Divorced from historical knowledge and intellectual rigor, the neocon mindset reflects a cultural and ...
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Identifying the historical antecedents of President George W. Bush’s imperial ambitions and the sources of the reactionary thought and politics that underlie them, Paul A. Bové shows how neoconservatism represents a singular danger to democracy. At the same time, he criticizes the equally disheartening inability of the academic Left to oppose neoconservatives and its tendency to mirror their views instead. Divorced from historical knowledge and intellectual rigor, the neocon mindset reflects a cultural and historical amnesia that feeds on ignorance and conformity. Exposing the threats to national survival inherent in the alliance of right-wing politics and academic tribalism, Bové emphasizes the need to reconnect with the powers of imagination and the complexity of human historical experience. With urgency and passion, Bové shows how the neocons have succeeded in cowing or coopting academic intellectuals and how language has been used and abused for the maintenance and extension of an undemocratic regime.
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Anthony Bogues
“A More Conservative Place is an important book written by a major American intellectual. The Bush era may have been a historic marker in contemporary American life, redefining politics and intellectual culture for years to come. Bové with deft skill and intelligence has illustrated how this era has an afterlife which we need to pay attention to.”
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PAUL A. BOVÉ is distinguished professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, author of numerous books, and editor of the journal Boundary 2.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Retrospective Introduction
American Universalism and Its Democracy
Area Studies Revisited
The American State Allegorizes the Ruins
Can American Studies Be “Area Studies”?
Critical Poetics: American Resources for Theorizing America
Curiosity in The Education of Henry Adams
Can We Judge the Humanities by Their Future as a Course of Study?
Humanities and the Changing Role of Worldly Engagement The Ineluctability of American Empire
Rights Discourse in the Age of U.S.-China Trade
Historical Humanist, American Style
The Intellectual as a Contemporary Phenomenon
The End of Thinking: Intellectual Failure in the New World Order
Why the Neocons Hate Henry Adams
Notes
Index
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