Political Correctness: A Response from the Cultural Left

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Written with refreshing clarity and wit, 'POLITICAL CORRECTNESS' describes a cultural nonphenomenon brought into being by the desires of neoconservatives. Nostalgic for the simple moral logic of the Cold War, the conservative Right has created an evil empire within and conferred upon its enemies - from multiculturalists to postmodernists and poststructuralists - a McCarthyite agenda that demands action from the high-minded.
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Overview

Written with refreshing clarity and wit, 'POLITICAL CORRECTNESS' describes a cultural nonphenomenon brought into being by the desires of neoconservatives. Nostalgic for the simple moral logic of the Cold War, the conservative Right has created an evil empire within and conferred upon its enemies - from multiculturalists to postmodernists and poststructuralists - a McCarthyite agenda that demands action from the high-minded.
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Library Journal
Many critics of political correctness who consider themselves moderate or even mostly liberal would be surprised to learn from this book just how far to the right they are. Feldstein (English, Rhode Island Coll.) intends here to connect with a general audience while bringing "the weight of contemporary critical theory to bear." A sizable chunk of theory is hefted about, but any hopes the author has of reaching the mainstream are locked in the concrete of academic jargon. Those unable to get excited about signifiers and referents, recontextualization, and Lacan will quickly lose interest; despite the subtitle, people genuinely critical of PC will find no "response" here intended for their consideration. Feldstein assumes all such criticisms to be too absurd for argument. He lumps all PC critics into the same far-right conspiracy, one busy with a "jihad" of racist, sexist, homophobic propaganda For specialized academic collections.Patrick Dunn, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816624768
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 The PC Lexicon 1
2 Sound Bite Myth: Scholars Hate Students 13
3 The Myth of Disinterested Scholarship 31
4 Mythic Parameters: Fast-Food PC, McCarthyism, and McReaganism 51
5 Constructing the Enemy 75
6 The Mirror of Manufactured Cultural Relations 126
7 White Male Canon Formation and the End of History 156
8 Where Do We Go from Here? 187
Bibliography 221
Index 229
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