Interdisciplinarity

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Since Aristotle, similar areas of study have been segmented into increasingly disparate disciplines, creating the idea of "interdisciplinarity." In this ideal introduction to a hotly contested arena of literary theory, Joe Moran traces the history and use of the daunting term and the rise of interdisciplinary English, literary and cultural studies, and literature, science, space and nature. He also addresses how we use these constantly evolving...
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Overview

Since Aristotle, similar areas of study have been segmented into increasingly disparate disciplines, creating the idea of "interdisciplinarity." In this ideal introduction to a hotly contested arena of literary theory, Joe Moran traces the history and use of the daunting term and the rise of interdisciplinary English, literary and cultural studies, and literature, science, space and nature. He also addresses how we use these constantly evolving disciplines to create new forms of knowledge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415251310
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/25/2001
  • Series: New Critical Idiom Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Moran is Reader in Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. His books include Reading the Everyday (2005) and On Roads: A Hidden History (2009), and he is also a regular contributor to the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Financial Times.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Interdisciplinary English 19
The birth of English 22
Literature, life and thought 26
Leavis and the university 32
The cultural project of English 36
English in America 41
The fall of English 46
2 Literature into culture 50
Founding documents 52
The sociological turn 60
The culture of everyday life 66
Class and cultural capital 70
Cultural value and the knowledge class 75
3 Theory and the disciplines 82
Linguistics and literariness 84
Deconstructing philosophy 88
Psychoanalysis, language and culture 95
Feminism and the body 102
Queering the disciplines 107
Theory as metadiscipline 111
4 Texts in history 114
Literature and history 114
Marxism and culture 123
Knowledge and power 133
Textual historicities 137
Shakespeare and Englit 142
5 Science, space and nature 148
The challenge to empiricism 150
Science as culture 155
Geography as text 165
Ecocriticism and science 170
Theories of everything 177
Conclusion 182
Bibliography 189
Index 201
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