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After Political Correctness

The Humanities And Society In The 1990s, 1st Edition

By Christopher Newfield, Ronald Strickland


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This book resituates the political correctness debates in the humanities branch of the academy. Contending that conservatives have tainted entire academic disciplines, causing university humanists to go from irrelevant to dangerous overnight, the contributors see the PC debates as a struggle over the very purposes of higher education in the United States. Ronald Strickland and Christopher Newfield have assembled the best and brightest from across the academic disciplines for disclosure on the future of higher education in light of PC.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Going Public, PART ONE THE GENEALOGY OF THE ANTI-PC AGENDA, 2 Managing the Anti-PC Industry, 3 Manufacturing the Attack on Liberalized Higher Education, 4 Blowback: Playing the Nationalist Card Backfires, 5 The Entrepreneurship of the New: Corporate Direction and Educational Issues in the 1990s, PART TWO RESPONDING TO THE ANTI-PC ATTACKS, 6 The Campaign Against Political Correctness: What's Really at Stake, 7 Illiberal Reporting, 8 Political Correctness, Principled Contextualism, Pedagogical Conscience, 9 Not Born on the Fourth of July: Cultural Differences and American Literary Studies, 10 Take Back the Mike: Producing a Language for Date Rape, 11 The Institutional Response to Difference, 12 Culture Wars and the Profession of Literature, 13 Political Correctness and the Attack on American Colleges, 14 English After the USSR, 15 The Politics of Political Correctness, PART THREE AFTER PC: REDESIGNING DISCIPLINES AND INSTITUTIONS, 16 Neither Impugning nor Disavowing Whiteness Does a Viable Politics Make: The Limits of Identity Politics, 17 The Campus Culture and the Politics of Change and Accountability: An Interview with Thomas P. Wallace, 18 Public Policy and Multiculturalism in America: Educational Rhetoric and Urban Realities, 19 '68, or Something, 20 Cultural Studies: Countering a Depoliticized Culture, 21 Something Queer About the Nation-State, 22 Multiculturalism in the Nineties: Pitfalls and Possibilities, 23 Curriculum Mortis: A Manifesto for Structural Change

About the Authors

Ronald Strickland is associate professor of English at Illinois State University. He writes on pedagogy and curricular reform, topics in cultural criticism, and the literature and culture of early modern England. Christopher Newfield is assistant professor of English at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General