Employment of English: Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies

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Overview

What sorts of cultural criticism are teachers and scholars to produce and how can that criticism be "employed" in the culture at large? In The Employment of English, Michael Berube examines the cultural legitimacy of literary study. Berube asserts that we must situate these questions in a context in which nearly half of all college professors are part-time labor and in which English departments are torn between their traditional mission of defining the movements of literary history and the protocols of textual interpretation, and their newer tasks of interrogating wider systems of signification under rubrics like "gender," "hegemony," "rhetoric," "textuality" (including film and video), and "culture."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814713006
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Series: Cultural Front Series
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Bérubé is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State University. In 2012, he served as the President of the Modern Language Association. He is the author of several books, including Employment of English:Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies (NYU Press, 1997), The Left at War (NYU Press, 2009), What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?: Classroom Politics and “ Bias” in Higher Education (2006), and Life as We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child (1996).

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Table of Contents

Preface
I Employment in English 1
1 Cultural Studies and Cultural Capital 3
2 The Blessed of the Earth 37
3 Professional Obligations and Academic Standards 65
4 Peer Pressure: Political Tensions in the Bear Market 90
5 Straight Outta Normal: Nonprofit Fiction Publishing on the Margins 112
II Employing English 141
6 English for Employment 143
7 Professional Advocates: When Is "Advocacy" Part of One's Vocation? 170
8 Free Speech and Discipline: The Boundaries of the Multiversity 183
9 Extreme Prejudice: The Coarsening of American Conservatism 204
10 Cultural Criticism and the Politics of Selling Out 216
Works Cited 243
Index 253
About Tne Author 260
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