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How do American intellectuals try to achieve their political and social goals? By what means do they articulate their hopes for change? John McGowan seeks to identify the goals and strategies of contemporary humanistic intellectuals who strive to shape the politics and culture of their time. In a lively mix of personal reflection and shrewd analysis, McGowan visits the sites of intellectual activity (scholarly publications, professional conferences, the classroom, and the university) aHow do American intellectuals try to achieve their political and social goals? By what means do they articulate their hopes for change? John McGowan seeks to identify the goals and strategies of contemporary humanistic intellectuals who strive to shape the politics and culture of their time. In a lively mix of personal reflection and shrewd analysis, McGowan visits the sites of intellectual activity (scholarly publications, professional conferences, the classroom, and the university) and considers the hazards of working within such institutional contexts to effect change outside the academy.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. pp. vi-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Literary Intellectuals in and for a Democratic Society
  2. pp. xviii-28
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  1. I. CLIMBING THE WALLS: THE INTELLECTUAL AS ACADEMI
  2. pp. 29-29
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  1. 1. At the 1986 MLA Convention
  2. pp. 30-48
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  1. 2. Teaching Literature: Where, How, and Why
  2. pp. 49-73
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  1. 3. An ABCs of Post-Theoretical Style
  2. pp. 74-113
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  1. 4. Humanists, Cultural Authority, and the University
  2. pp. 114-138
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  1. II. ROADS TO THE PRESENT, PATHS TO A FUTURE
  2. pp. 139-140
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  1. 5. Modernity and Culture: The Victorians and Cultural Studies
  2. pp. 141-164
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  1. 6. The Narrative of Culture: A Burkean Perspective
  2. pp. 165-200
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  1. 7. Toward a Pragmatist Pluralism
  2. pp. 201-229
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  1. References
  2. pp. 230-237
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 238-243
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501720963
Related ISBN
9780801487668
MARC Record
OCLC
1031885542
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-15
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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