Tracing the historical development of recent identity-based trends in literary theory to their roots in structuralism, Dorothy M. Figueira questions the extent to which theories and pedagogies of alterity have actually enabled us to engage the Other. She tracks academic attempts to deal with alterity from their inception in critical thought in the 1960s to the present. Focusing on multiculturalism and postcolonialism as professional and institutional practices, Figueira examines how such theories and pedagogies informed the academic and public discourse regarding September 11. She also investigates the theories and pedagogies of alterity as crucial elements in the bureaucratization of diversity within academe and discusses their impact on affirmative action.
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About the Author
Dorothy M. Figueira is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia. She is the author of several books, including Aryans, Jews, Brahmins: Theorizing Authority through Myths of Identity; The Exotic: A Decadent Quest; and Translating the Orient: The Reception of Saukuntala in Nineteenth-Century Europe, all published by SUNY Press.