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In the Canon's Mouth Dispatches from the Culture Wars

ISBN-10: 0253211344

ISBN-13: 9780253211347

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lillian S. Robinson

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Curriculum reform, changing the canon, multiculturalism, feminism, multiculturalism-ÕnÕ-feminism, the culture wars, political correctness. The issues with which this book is concerned have multiple labels, bestowed on different sides of a debate that began in the academy but that has become a matter of civic interest. It is a debate that involves definitions of culture: what it is or isnÕt, who makes it, what it is for, how it is taught, and who gets to decide. Always political in one sense, the issues that fall under this heading have acquired new political dimensions as they have moved from the campus into the arena of public policy, where they embrace not only higher education, but media, censorship, and public attitudes toward everything from religion to sexuality. Most of the well known books on these issuesÑincluding bestsellers by Alan Bloom and Dinesh dÕSouzaÑcome from the far right. They claim that people like Lillian Robinson, active in feminist and cultural studies for a quarter of a century, have taken over our universities. Robinson counters that the right is so frightened at losing its strangle-hold on the culture that it misrepresents a foothold as hegemony. She also thinks that ÒfootholdÓÑmulticultural, feminist, socially awareÑis a necessary and life-giving direction for higher education. In the CanonÕs Mouth brings together the articles, reviews, and lectures on the culture wars that Lillian Robinson produced between 1982 and 1996. Originally published in academic journals and magazines of opinion on the left and the right, delivered as lectures at American campuses from Maine to Hawaii and Texas to Indiana, or presented abroad in Japan, Mexico, and Thailand, these pieces are salvos in the culture wars. Topics addressed include such issues as separating the politics and the aesthetics of feminist challenges to the canon, how to make an honest anthology and how not to, and inquiring how government censors get away with calling university reformers the real censors. The essays are uniformly concerned, forthright, radical, literate, and witty.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Dispatches: Introduction
Treason Our Text: Feminist Challenges to the Literary Canon
Their Canon, Our Arsenal
Feminist Criticism: How Do We know We've Won?
Is There Class in This Text?: On The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women
The Queen's Necklace
Canon Fathers and Myth Universe
In the Canon's Mouth
What Culture Should Mean
I, Too, Am America
... Canons to Left of Them
Waving the Flag of Racism and Sexism: The Semiotics and Politics of "Political Correctness"
Firing the Literary Canons
The Practice of Theories: An Immodest Proposal
"The Great Unexamined": Silence, Speech, and Glass
The Culture, Stupid