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Employment of English Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies

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ISBN-10: 0814713017

ISBN-13: 9780814713013

Edition: 1997

Authors: Michael B�rub�, Michael B�rub�

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What sorts of cultural criticism are teachers and scholars to produce, and how can that criticism be "employed" in the culture at large? In recent years, debates about the role and direction of English departments have mushroomed into a broader controversy over the public legitimacy of literary criticism. At first glance this might seem odd: few taxpayers and legislators care whether the nation's English professors are doing justice to the project of identifying the beautiful and the sublime. But in the context of the legitimation crisis in American higher education, the image of English departments has in fact played a major role in determining public attitudes toward colleges and college…    
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Michael B�rub�is Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University, and the author of several books, includingWhat's Liberal about the Liberal Arts,The Employment of English, andLife As We Know It, which was aNew York Timesnotable book and NPR book of the year. He is general editor of NYU Press's Cultural Front series, has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers, and writes a popular blog, American Airspace, at

Michael B�rub� is a professor of literature at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Life As We Know It: A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

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Professional Advocates: When Is "Advocacy" Part of One's Vocation?
Free Speech and Discipline: The Boundaries of the Multiversity
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