Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xi

This is a chronicle of the life and work of Stanley Fish. A legal scholar, literary critic, and public intellectual, Fish is considered one of the twentieth century’s most original and influential literary theorists. He has taught at Berkeley, Hopkins, Columbia, Duke, the Cardozo...

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1. Beginnings: The Fish Family and Friends

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pp. 1-19

The year was 1991. Hundreds of spectators—university students, professors, community members—crowded into the large auditorium and anxiously awaited the evening’s event. Every seat had already been taken, and it was still fifteen minutes until showtime. Disregarding the prominently...

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2. Escape from Providence: The College Years

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pp. 20-37

Stanley was almost gleeful that hot and humid summer of 1955 as he packed his bags to leave to attend the University of Pennsylvania. He realized how fortunate he was: he had gotten into a well-respected Ivy League college despite his record as a troublemaker and his less-than-outstanding grades. Almost as important...

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3. West of Everything: The Berkeley Years

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pp. 38-63

That summer of 1962 Adrienne and Stanley enthusiastically packed their pearly white Porsche and embarked on the long cross-country trip to the West Coast. They planned a leisurely route that would take them first to Ann Arbor, where Adrienne had attended college, and then...

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4. Academic Utopia: The Hopkins Years

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pp. 64-89

As it turned out, Stanley’s happiest years would be at Johns Hopkins. Despite his rise to international prominence and his appointments at a number of institutions after leaving Hopkins, he would never be able to duplicate its congenial and intellectually fertile atmosphere. Berkeley...

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5. The Department That Soared—and Then Plummeted

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pp. 90-118

The Duke University English department in 1985 was respectable, but it had a long way to go if it was to rival institutions like Yale or Hopkins or Columbia. The administration at Duke had taken the first steps toward building a first-rate humanities presence by recruiting...

Gallery of Illustrations

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pp. 119-132

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6. Top of the World: The Windy City Years and Beyond

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pp. 133-153

Stanley made his mind up for certain on July 1, 1998, while he was sitting in an airport lounge waiting to board a flight to Venice, where he was to visit an old friend and colleague, Jackson Cope. He had received the offer to come to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) late in April...

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7. Stan the Man: Terrible, or Not Terrible

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pp. 154-172

Observers have always found Stanley difficult to characterize. His reputation as an enfant terrible might be warranted in part, but perhaps not fully. Those who despise him perceive him to be a combatant preoccupied with winning every argument at any cost; a sophist...

Chronology

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pp. 173-176

About the Author

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p. 177

Back Cover

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