Writing at the End of the World / Edition 1

Writing at the End of the World / Edition 1

by Richard E. Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822958864

ISBN-13: 9780822958864

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

What do the humanities have to offer in the twenty-first century? Are there compelling reasons to go on teaching the literate arts when the schools themselves have become battlefields?  Does it make sense to go on writing when the world itself is overrun with books that no one reads? In these simultaneously personal and erudite reflections on the future of

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What do the humanities have to offer in the twenty-first century? Are there compelling reasons to go on teaching the literate arts when the schools themselves have become battlefields?  Does it make sense to go on writing when the world itself is overrun with books that no one reads? In these simultaneously personal and erudite reflections on the future of higher education, Richard E. Miller moves from the headlines to the classroom, focusing in on how teachers and students alike confront the existential challenge of making life meaningful.  In meditating on the violent events that now dominate our daily lives—school shootings, suicide bombings, terrorist attacks, contemporary warfare—Miller prompts a reconsideration of the role that institutions of higher education play in shaping our daily experiences, and asks us to reimagine the humanities as centrally important to the maintenance of a compassionate, secular society. By concentrating on those moments when individuals and institutions meet and violence results, Writing at the End of the World provides the framework that students and teachers require to engage in the work of building a better future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822958864
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Pitt Comp Literacy Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
868,213
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1The dark night of the soul1
2The nervous system28
3Smart bomb51
4Falling bodies : cleaning up after the apocalypse85
5The arts of complicity114
6Educating Charlie : fraudulence and the liberal arts142
7Speaking with the dead170

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