PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academy [NOOK Book]

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PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academy addresses the very issue of political correctness and the current skirmishes in the culture wars. It includes statements from many of our leading contemporary public intellectuals, including Joan Wallach Scott, Michael B&#233rubé, Bruce Robbins, Henry Giroux, and Gerald Graff.

The collection marks a watershed in the debate about ``pc'' in that it presents serious considerations and analyses of the factors, causes, and consequences ...

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Overview

PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academy addresses the very issue of political correctness and the current skirmishes in the culture wars. It includes statements from many of our leading contemporary public intellectuals, including Joan Wallach Scott, Michael B&#233rubé, Bruce Robbins, Henry Giroux, and Gerald Graff.

The collection marks a watershed in the debate about ``pc'' in that it presents serious considerations and analyses of the factors, causes, and consequences of the culture wars. Carefully examining the construction of ``pc,'' PC Wars analyses political correctness by focusing on the mass media, class politics, and the ideology of managerial democracy. It places the disputes around ``pc'' in the context of contemporary developments in critical and cultural theory and the current backlash against theory, manifested in the recent attacks on Marxism, feminism and deconstruction. The book also scrutinizes the undercurrents of anti-intellectualism and anti-professionalism which have tended to create a fertile ground for the ``pc'' hysteria. Offering much more than slogans and slinging arrows, PC Wars provides a spirited and critical look at the reaction, ideology, and political forces that have coalesced around the term.

Contributors: Michael B&#233rubé, Reed Way Dasenbrock, Frank Farmer, Henry Giroux, Gerald Graff, Darlene Hantzis and Devoney Looser, John S. Howard and James M. Lang, Tom Lewis, James Neilson, Christopher Newfield, Richard Ohmann, Burce Robbins, Barry Sarchett, Joan W. Scott, Michael Sprinker, Jeffrey Williams

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136656309
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/19/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 On "PC" and Related Matters 11
3 The Campaign Against Political Correctness: What's Really at Stake 22
4 Truth, Justice, and the American Way: A Response to Joan Wallach Scott 44
5 The Great PC Scare: Tyrannies of the Left, Rhetoric of the Right 60
6 "Political Correctness": A Class Issue 90
7 What Was "Political Correctness"? Race, the Right, and Managerial Democracy in the Humanities 109
8 The War Against Theory 149
9 We've Done It to Ourselves: The Critique of Truth and the Attack on Theory 172
10 Theory Against Itself: New Historicism's Return to Practice 184
11 "Not Theory ... But a Sense of Theory": The Superaddressee and the Contexts of Eden 205
12 Of Safer Spaces and "Right" Speech: Feminist Histories, Loyalties, Theories, and the Dangers of Critique 222
13 Russell Jacoby, Antiprofessionalism, and the Politics of Cultural Nostalgia 253
14 Othering the Academy: Professionalism and Multiculturalism 279
15 Academics as Public Intellectuals: Rethinking Classroom Politics 294
16 A Paradox of the Culture War 308
Bibliography 313
Index 331
Contributors 339
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