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In Plato's Cave / Edition 1
     

In Plato's Cave / Edition 1

by Alvin Kernan
 

ISBN-10: 0300082673

ISBN-13: 9780300082678

Pub. Date: 04/10/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this delightful and candid memoir, Alvin Kernan recalls his life as a student, professor, provost, and dean during a distinguished career in some of higher education’s most hallowed halls. With his customary wit and insight, Kernan recounts his experiences at Columbia, Williams, Oxford, Yale, and Princeton in the company of an array of fascinating

Overview

In this delightful and candid memoir, Alvin Kernan recalls his life as a student, professor, provost, and dean during a distinguished career in some of higher education’s most hallowed halls. With his customary wit and insight, Kernan recounts his experiences at Columbia, Williams, Oxford, Yale, and Princeton in the company of an array of fascinating colleagues. And he describes from an insider’s point of view how colleges and universities in the second half of the twentieth century have been transformed in radical ways.

Against the background of what it was like to work and teach in turbulent decades of change, Kernan details the broader educational battles in which he became embroiled. He discusses the struggle for equality of opportunity for women and minorities; the questioning of administrative and intellectual authority; the appearance of deconstructive types of theory; the technological shift from printed to electronic information; the politicization of the classroom; and much more. His vividly remembered account is not only a unique personal story, it is a thought-provoking history that brims with insight into what has been won and lost in the culture wars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300082678
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/10/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.13(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: Shifting Educational Platesxiii
1Theater and Reality in Greenwich Village: Columbia, 19461
2The Other End of the Log: Williams College, 1946-194910
3Chatter About Shelley: Oxford, 1949-195138
4See My George Gascoigne: Yale Graduate School, 1951-195459
5Keeping Them Quiet: Yale, 1954-196085
6The Two Cultures, Science and Literature106
7Publish or Perish: Tenure at Yale, 1960-1964119
8Goodbye, Boola Boola: Yale Administration, 1964-1970137
9When Do We Want It? Now! The Bobby Seale Trial, New Haven, 1970158
10Question All Authority: The Breakdown of Meaning and Language, Yale, 1970-1973179
11A Long Walk After Lunch: Princeton and the Later 1970s202
12The New Technology Calls All in Doubt: Television, Books, Libraries, Computers230
13No Obligation to Be Right, Only to Be Interesting: Teaching as Power and Politics, Princeton, the 1980s246
14The Break Between Generations, Retirement276
Epilogue: The Dogs Bark, the Caravan Passes On295
Index301

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