Remapping the Humanities: Identity, Community, Memory, (Post)Modernity

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Remapping the Humanities celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Wayne State University Humanities Center by bringing together essays that illustrate the richness of public conversations developed in interdisciplinary humanities centers. The contributors to this collection represent more than a dozen disciplines—including philosophy, English, political science, history, law, comparative literature, and Spanish—and, taken together, their essays illustrate an ongoing remapping of the intellectual landscape as ...

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Remapping the Humanities celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Wayne State University Humanities Center by bringing together essays that illustrate the richness of public ... conversations developed in interdisciplinary humanities centers. The contributors to this collection represent more than a dozen disciplines—including philosophy, English, political science, history, law, comparative literature, and Spanish—and, taken together, their essays illustrate an ongoing remapping of the intellectual landscape as scholars from across university departments engage one another in unpredictable ways. This volume is divided into four thematic sections: Identity and Community, Remembering and Forgetting, Nationalism and Globalism, and Toward (Post)Modernity. Yet the essays deliberately represent a range of theoretical perspectives that interact synergistically, such as feminism and postcolonial studies, or literary criticism and art history. They also tackle topics as varied as the formation of the modern family in France and the inculcation of civic virtue in American cities, and they draw freely from different sources of evidence like newspaper accounts, popular literature, paintings, and diaries. Remapping the Humanities includes unique touches such as a portfolio of full-color images and an audio CD of Celtic-inspired jazz. In addition, a preface by Walter Edwards, academic director of the Humanities Center at Wayne State University, gives some background on this institution and the work being done there. The importance of Remapping the Humanities ultimately lies in its refusal to say that learning has ended and the example it provides of the value of calculated ferment and intellectual instability. Educators involved with or wanting to learn more about interdisciplinary research will appreciate this unique collection. Read more Show Less

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Remapping the Humanities celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Wayne State University Humanities Center by bringing together essays that illustrate the richness of public conversations developed in interdisciplinary humanities centers. The contributors to this collection represent more than a dozen disciplines—including philosophy, English, political science, history, law, comparative literature, and Spanish—and, taken together, their essays illustrate an ongoing remapping of the intellectual landscape as scholars from across university departments engage one another in unpredictable ways.

This volume is divided into four thematic sections: Identity and Community, Remembering and Forgetting, Nationalism and Globalism, and Toward (Post)Modernity. Yet the essays deliberately represent a range of theoretical perspectives that interact synergistically, such as feminism and postcolonial studies, or literary criticism and art history. They also tackle topics as varied as the formation of the modern family in France and the inculcation of civic virtue in American cities, and they draw freely from different sources of evidence like newspaper accounts, popular literature, paintings, and diaries. Remapping the Humanities includes unique touches such as a portfolio of full-color images and an audio CD of Celtic-inspired jazz. In addition, a preface by Walter Edwards, academic director of the Humanities Center at Wayne State University, gives some background on this institution and the work being done there.

The importance of Remapping the Humanities ultimately lies in its refusal to say that learning has ended and the example it provides of the value of calculated ferment and intellectual instability. Educators involved with or wanting to learn more about interdisciplinary research will appreciate this unique collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814333693
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Garrett is associate professor of communication at Wayne State University.

Heidi Gottfried is associate professor of urban and labor studies and sociology at Wayne State University.

Sandra F. VanBurkleo is associate professor of history at Wayne State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface   Walter Edwards     vii
Editors' Introduction     1
Identity and Community
Introduction   Heidi Gottfried     5
Staged Feminisms: Millennial Reflections   Anca Vlasopolos     9
Utopians at Play   Philip Abbott     19
Manufacturing Citizens: Steeltown and Literate Practices   Gwen Gorzelsky     37
By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them: Homosexuality, Biblical Revisionism, and the Relevance of Experience   John Corvino     59
Remembering and Forgetting
Introduction   Sandra F. VanBurkleo     73
The Double Deployment of Historical Memory: Enacting and Remembering the Paterson and Star of Ethiopia Pageants   Fran Shor     79
The Sibling Archipelago: Brother-Sister Love and Class Formation in Nineteenth-Century France   Christopher H. Johnson     94
Globalizing Women's Studies: The Case of Spain   Lisa Vollendorf     112
The Pinochet Affair in London and Spain: Echoes and Reflections   Jorgelina Corbatta     123
Nationalism and Globalism
Introduction   Mary Garrett     135
The Making of the English Hunting Seat   Donna Landry     139
The Sultan's Beasts: James Bond Goes to Istanbul   GeraldMaclean     150
On Exhibit: Mexico in 1824   Robert D. Aguirre     161
Jazz from the Shamrock Shore: Riffing the Riff   Chris Collins     172
Toward (Post)Modernity
Introduction   Sandra F. VanBurkleo     179
Motion and Modernity: Notes on the Scientific, Mathematical, and Philosophical Method of Galileo Galilei in the Dialogo dei massimi sistemi (1632)   Robert M. Strozier     183
Adults at Play: Games in the French Salon   Anne E. Duggan     202
About Painting   Jim Nawara     219
Coercion and the Quest for Substantive Freedom   Brad R. Roth     237
List of Contributors     255
Index     261
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