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  • Manifesto of a Tenured Radical
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  • Cary Nelson
  • 1997
  • Published by: NYU Press
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In an age when innovative scholarly work is at an all-time high, the academy itself is being rocked by structural change. Funding is plummeting. Tenure increasingly seems a prospect for only the elite few. Ph.D.'s are going begging for even adjunct work. Into this tumult steps Cary Nelson, with a no- holds-barred account of recent developments in higher education.
Eloquent and witty, Manifesto of a Tenured Radical urges academics to apply the theoretical advances of the last twenty years to an analysis of their own practices and standards of behavior. In the process, Nelson offers a devastating critique of current inequities and a detailed proposal for change in the form of A Twelve-Step Program for Academia.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Part I: The Politics of English
  1. 1: Against English as it Was: Theory and the Politics of the Discipline
  2. pp. 13-28
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  1. 2: Multiculturalism Without Guarantees: From Anthologies to the Social Text
  2. pp. 29-38
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  1. 3: Relativism, Politics, and Ethics: Writing Literary History in the Shadow of Poststructuralism
  2. pp. 39-51
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  1. 4: Always Already Cultural Studies: Academic Conferences and a Manifesto
  2. pp. 52-74
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  1. Part II: The Academy and the Culture Debates
  1. 5: Progressive Pedagogy Without Apologies: The Cultural Work of Teaching Noncanonical Poetry
  2. pp. 77-96
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  1. 6: Canon Fodder: An Evening with William Bennett, Lynne Cheney, and Dinesh D'souza
  2. pp. 97-114
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  1. 7: Hate Speech and Political Correctness
  2. pp. 115-125
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  1. 8: What Happens When We Put the Left at the Center?
  2. pp. 126-133
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  1. Part III: Lessons From the Job Wars
  1. 9: Dichotomy is Where the Money is: Anti-Intellectualism Inside and Outside the University
  2. pp. 137-152
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  1. 10: Late Capitalism Arrives on Campus: The Corporate University's Expendable Employees
  2. pp. 153-170
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  1. 11: What is to be Done?: A Twelve-Step Program for Academia
  2. pp. 171-193
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  1. 12: Reaction and Resistance at Yale and the MLA: Union Organizing and the Job Market
  2. pp. 194-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-229
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-237
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-243
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 245
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