The Politics of Research / Edition 1

The Politics of Research / Edition 1

by George Levine
     
 


"Eloquent, provocative, and timely, these essays provide a thoughtful, undoctrinaire defense of the centrality of the humanities to higher education--and society--at the millennium."--Cora Kaplan, University of Southampton The crisis in the humanities and higher education intensifies daily. The partisan din drowns out the voices of those thinkers who… See more details below

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"Eloquent, provocative, and timely, these essays provide a thoughtful, undoctrinaire defense of the centrality of the humanities to higher education--and society--at the millennium."--Cora Kaplan, University of Southampton The crisis in the humanities and higher education intensifies daily. The partisan din drowns out the voices of those thinkers who have resisted the seductions of strong ideology. Against the tendencies of the extreme attacks on higher education from the right and the counterattacks from the left, many academics would prefer to get beyond critical fashions and easy slogans. In this collection, leading scholars demonstrate how the current furor threatens the critical analysis of culture, so vital to a healthy society. They explore the historical sources of the crisis, the relations between politics and research, the responsibilities and possibilities of the academic intellectual, the structure of the institution of the university, the functions and achievements of the humanities, and the development of interdisciplinarity as a catalyst for change. This volume is a necessary resource for understanding the current crisis and for transforming the academy as we approach the twenty-first century. The contributors are Jonathan Arac, Lauren Berlant, Peter Brooks, Roman de la Campa, Myra Jehlen, Stanley Katz, Richard Kramer, Dominick LaCapra, George Levine, Ellen Messer-Davidow, Helene Moglen, Bill Readings, and Bruce Robbins. E. Ann Kaplan is the director of The Humanities Institute at the State University of New York at Stony Brook

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813524191
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Series:
Millennial Shifts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Theory after Theory: Institutional Questions21
Research Without a Theory: Working in Academia34
The Scholar-Teacher, the University, and Society46
From What Subject-Position(s) Should One Address the Politics of Research?59
Cultural Studies, Globalization, and Neoliberalism69
Less Disciplinary Than Thou: Criticism and the Conflict of the Faculties93
Shop Window or Laboratory: Collection, Collaboration, and the Humanities116
History Beside the Fact: What We Learn from A True and Exact History of Barbadoes127
Feminism and the Institutions of Intimacy143
How Can We Keep on Doing This?: Reflections on Graduate Education in the Humanities162
Not to Hear the Italian Symphony170
Losing Their Edge: Radical Studies from the Seventies to the Nineties181
Dollars for Scholars: The Real Politics of Humanities Scholarship and Programs193
Notes on Contributors235
Index239

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