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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Alas, poor Shakespeare. Students knew him well before the Age of Aquarius turned into the Information Age. Nowadays, it seems that the study of humanities has taken a backseat to more career-oriented fields such as business and computer science. Brantlinger (English, Indiana Univ.; Crusoe's Footprints) explains why Shakespeare is no longer a focal point of college education. After an introductory chapter outlining the thesis and the contents, Brantlinger takes the reader on an entertaining journey to uncover the truth behind Shakespeare's reputed death. If only the rest of the book were as delightful. Unfortunately, the remainder, filled with theories and studies of various philosophers and scholars, is far more complex and thus less accessible. Brantlinger's exploration of how cultural studies in universities have diminished in accordance with the shifting cultural and societal trends is timely and important, but readers unfamiliar with the study of English literature will glean little. Recommended only for academic and larger public libraries. Terry Christner Hutchinson P.L., KS Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415930116
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Brantlinger Rudy Professor of English at Indiana University. He is the author of several books, includingCrusoe's Footprints, published by Routledge. His other publications include Bread and Circuses, Fictions of State, The Reading Lesson: The Threat of Mass Literacy in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction and Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: A View from the Ruins 1
2 Who Killed Shakespeare?: What's Happened to English since the Radical Sixties 13
3 English Departments as Heterotopias 31
4 Antitheory and its Antitheses: Rhetoric versus Ideology 47
5 How the New Historicism Grew Old (And Gainad Its Tale) 69
6 Postcolonialism and Its Discontents 95
7 Between Liberalism and Marxism: The Populism of Cultural Studies 125
8 Informania U 151
9 Apocalypse 2001 or, What Happens after Posthistory? 179
Notes 203
Bibliography 219
Index 233
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