By providing a meditative overview of the past twenty years in the political study and teaching of literature, Where We're Bound assesses the concrete contributions of the sixties and the kind of changes that needed to come about to institutionalize the activism of this period. Twenty years ago, Louis Kampf and Paul Lauter published their groundbreaking anthology, Politics of Literature. It was the first book, born out of the sixties, to integrate the political insights of the New Left into the practice of literary criticism. Keenly aware of the politics and criticism since the sixties, Davis and Mirabella have produced a successor to the earlier volume. This work includes essays by both Kampf and Lauter, as well as by such well known scholars as Gerald Graff, Richard Ohmann, Catherine R. Stimpson, and writers, including Tillie Olsen.
The authors survey various politicized realms of literary study - leftist, feminist, black, chicano, and others. While contributing to the ongoing debate about literary theory, Where We're Bound comes out of a tradition of political activism and also addresses itself to practical politics. It thus provides an important link between the radical politics of the sixties and the intellectual activities of radicals who study literature now, or will study it in the future.
About the Author
M. Bella Mirabella is an Associate Professor at the Gallatin Division of New York University and has written widely on dance and drama.
Table of ContentsWhy theory?, by Gerald Graff
The function of English at the present time, by Richard Ohmann
What am I doing when I do women's studies in 1990?, by Catharine R. Stimpson
Literature and politics: black feminist scholars reshaping literary education in the white university, 1970-1986, by Nellie Y. McKay
What is the matter with Mary Jane? Feminist criticism in a time of diminished expectations, by Kate Ellis
Canon theory and emergent practice, by Paul Lauter
Canon fathers and myth universe, by Lillian S. Robinson
Literature of resistance: the intersection of feminism and the communist left in Meridel Le Sueur and Tillie Olsen, by Constance Coiner
Memory and historical record: the literature and literary criticism of Beirut, 1982, by Barbara Harlow. At the crossroads of history, on the borders of change: Chicano literary studies past, present, and future, by Hector Calderon
Third plane at the change of the century: the shape of African-American literature to come, by Pancho Savery
History as explanation: writing about lesbian writing, or "Are girls necessary?", by Julie Abraham
Politics and literature: then and now, by Robert C. Rosen
Somewhere off the coast of academia, by Robert Rich
Some historical refractions, by Lillian S. Robinson
What has happened to the seeds of the flower children?, by Susan Gushee O'Malley
Annals of academic life: an exemplary tale, by Louis Kampf