Professions: Conversations on the Future of Literary and Cultural Studies

Professions: Conversations on the Future of Literary and Cultural Studies

by Donald E. Hall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252069617

ISBN-13: 9780252069611

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Sometimes playful, always provocative, Professions is a collection of searching and candid conversations--ranging from dialogues to tongue-in-cheek diatribes--on the issues that face literary and cultural critics today.

This volume bares professional concerns, relationships, ambitions, and insecurities about working in academe. Professions provides

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Sometimes playful, always provocative, Professions is a collection of searching and candid conversations--ranging from dialogues to tongue-in-cheek diatribes--on the issues that face literary and cultural critics today.

This volume bares professional concerns, relationships, ambitions, and insecurities about working in academe. Professions provides hard-to-get insider information for students contemplating an academic career. It also challenges professional scholars to retrieve the intellectual curiosity that drew them to scholarship in the first place while demonstrating how disagreement on controversial issues can be conducted with respect, good humor, and an open mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252069611
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Functions of Dysfunctions of Criticism at the Present Time1
1Can We Talk?21
2Intellectual Work Today: Some Trans-Atlantic Musings37
3What Do We Owe Texts? Respect, Irreverence, or Nothing at All?60
4A Dialogue on Evaluation in Poetry87
5Negotiating Constituencies: Some Thoughts on Diaspora and the Past, Present, and Future of African American Studies109
6Star Search: Psychoanalysis and Marxism in Lesbian and Gay Studies131
7The New Challenges of Academic Publishing159
8The End of Theory, the Rise of the Profession: A Rant in Search of Responses186
9That Was Then, This Is Now, But What Will Be? A Dialogue between Two Generations of Professors202
10Changing Profession: Interviews with J. Hillis Miller, Herbert Lindenberger, Sandra Gilbert, Bonnie Zimmerman, Nellie McKay, and Elaine Marks224
Contributors287
Index291

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