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A critique of the politics and practice of intellectuals and disciplines in postmodern society.
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Overview

A critique of the politics and practice of intellectuals and disciplines in postmodern society.
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"A lucid and passionate assessment of the stakes of our current cultural wars, Bové's book is indispensable to anyone who wishes to understand the past decade in criticism and wonders about the future of theory. It replaces in a broader and historical context the confrontations of the day and marks out the future possibility of critical thought in our world"
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  • ISBN-13: 9780819562548
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: In the Wake of Theory 1
Ch. 2 The Function of the Literary Critic in the Postmodern World 25
Ch. 3 Notes Toward a Politics of "American" Criticism 48
Ch. 4 Intellectual Arrogance and Scholarly Carelessness, Or, Why One Cannot Read Alan Bloom 67
Ch. 5 Closing Up the Ranks: Xerxes' Hordes Are at the Gate 80
Ch. 6 Celebrity and Betrayal: The High Intellectuals of Postmodern Culture 98
Ch. 7 The End of Humanism 122
Ch. 8 Power and Freedom 141
Notes 159
Index 177
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