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Humanities and the Dream of America

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ISBN-10: 0226316998

ISBN-13: 9780226316994

Edition: 2011

Authors: Geoffrey Galt Harpham

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In this bracing and original book, Geoffrey Galt Harpham argues that today's humanities are an invention of the American academy in the years following World War II, when they were first conceived as an expression of American culture and an instrument of American national interests. The humanities portray a "dream of America" in two senses: they represent an aspiration of Americans since the first days of the Republic for a state so secure and prosperous that people could enjoy and appreciate culture for its own sake; and they embody in academic terms an idealized conception of the American national character. Although they are struggling to retain their status in America, the concept of…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English