Just Being Difficult?: Academic Writing in the Public Arena / Edition 1

Just Being Difficult?: Academic Writing in the Public Arena / Edition 1

by Jonathan Culler, Kevin Lamb
     
 

Is academic writing, particularly in the disciplines of literary theory and cultural studies, needlessly obscure? The claim has been widely circulated in the media and subject to passionate debate, but it has not been the subject of serious discussion. Just Being Difficult? provides learned and thoughtful analyses of the claim, of those it targets, and of the

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Is academic writing, particularly in the disciplines of literary theory and cultural studies, needlessly obscure? The claim has been widely circulated in the media and subject to passionate debate, but it has not been the subject of serious discussion. Just Being Difficult? provides learned and thoughtful analyses of the claim, of those it targets, and of the entire question of how critical writing relates to its intended publics and to audiences beyond them.
In this book, a range of distinguished scholars, including some who have been charged with willful obscurity, argue for the interest and importance of some of the procedures that critics have preferred to charge with obscurity rather than confront in another way. The debate on difficult writing hovers on the edges of all academic writing that seeks to play a role in the public arena. This collection is a much-needed contribution to the discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804747103
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/08/2003
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dressing Up, Dressing Down1
1Difficult Style and "Illustrious" Vernaculars: A Historical Perspective15
2Hume's Learned and Conversable Worlds29
3Bad Writing and Good Philosophy43
4The Metaphysics of Clarity and the Freedom of Meaning58
5Feminism's Broken English75
6The Resistance of Theory; or, The Worth of Agony95
7Styles of Intellectual Publics106
8On Difficulty, the Avant-Garde, and Critical Moribundity129
9Difficulty in Modern Poetry and Aesthetics139
10Bad Writing157
11The Morality of Form; or, What's "Bad" about "Bad Writing"?171
12The Politics of the Production of Knowledge: An Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak181
13Values of Difficulty199
Contributors217
Index221

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