Academic Instincts

ISBN-10: 0691115710
ISBN-13: 9780691115719
Edition: 2004
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Description: In this lively and provocative book, cultural critic Marjorie Garber, who has written on topics as different as Shakespeare, dogs, cross-dressing, and real estate, explores the pleasures and pitfalls of the academic life.Academic Instinctsdiscusses  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

In this lively and provocative book, cultural critic Marjorie Garber, who has written on topics as different as Shakespeare, dogs, cross-dressing, and real estate, explores the pleasures and pitfalls of the academic life.Academic Instinctsdiscusses three of the perennial issues that have surfaced in recent debates about the humanities: the relation between "amateurs" and "professionals," the relation between one academic discipline and another, and the relation between "jargon" and "plain language." Rather than merely taking sides, the book explores the ways in which such debates are essential to intellectual life. Garber argues that the very things deplored or defended in discussions of the humanities cannot be either eliminated or endorsed because the discussion itself is what gives humanistic thought its vitality. Written in spirited and vivid prose, and full of telling detail drawn both from the history of scholarship and from the daily press,Academic Instinctsis a book by a well-known Shakespeare scholar and prize-winning teacher who offers analysis rather than polemic to explain why today's teachers and scholars are at once breaking new ground and treading familiar paths. It opens the door to an important nationwide and worldwide conversation about the reorganization of knowledge and the categories in and through which we teach the humanities. And it does so in a spirit both generous and optimistic about the present and the future of these disciplines.

Preface
The Amateur Professional and the Professional Amateur
Discipline Envy
Terms of Art
Notes
Index

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