Literature: An Embattled Profession

Literature: An Embattled Profession

by Carl Woodring
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231115229

ISBN-13: 9780231115223

Pub. Date: 06/01/1999

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Delving into the hotly debated issues surrounding the relevance of the humanities in today's society, this spirited and engaging book analyzes the history and current status of literary study in America. Carl Woodring—who played a central part in organizing Columbia University's Society of Fellows in the Humanities, which oversees the core program devoted to

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Delving into the hotly debated issues surrounding the relevance of the humanities in today's society, this spirited and engaging book analyzes the history and current status of literary study in America. Carl Woodring—who played a central part in organizing Columbia University's Society of Fellows in the Humanities, which oversees the core program devoted to monumental works of civilizations and art—casts an astute eye on the culture wars, chastising both the radicals who have jettisoned humanism and the conservatives who reject any challenge to prevailing tastes.

After examining the history of cultural, political, and commercial influences on literary study in North America from the early 1800s to the late 1990s, Woodring turns to the present state and future course of the university itself, discussing the larger institutional context of the contemporary humanities. From the role of technology in classrooms and libraries to needed changes in the tenure system, from the effect of the current emphasis on research and publication to helpful advice for young teachers, Literature: An Embattled Profession offers critical insights into ways to rescue the profession of literary study from insularity and dissension. Finally, Woodring delivers a devastating analysis of the bloated administrations that act as Ph.D. factories and show no regard for the future of the scholars they produce.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231115223
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preamble
Ch. 1From Ancient Classics to Modern1
Ch. 2From Language to Context21
Ch. 3The Growth of Care in Method36
Ch. 4Disruption, Deconstruction, and Diaspora58
Ch. 5The Surround98
Ch. 6Now and Tomorrow130
Ch. 7Teaching: What and How153
AppExamples of Management189
Notes195
Index211

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