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How to Be an Intellectual: Essays on Criticism, Culture, and the University

Jeffrey J. Williams


How to Be an Intellectual makes the case for a renewed critical writing. It tells the story of contemporary criticism and theory from several unique perspectives, notably its institutional and historical circumstances. For instance, it recounts the rise of "the theory journal," under the aegis of the drive for research beginning in the 1970s, which supplanted the little magazine, and it deciphers the evolution of academic keywords from "sound" to "rigor" to "smart." It also draws on a wealth of interviews with leading critics and philosophers, from M. H. Abrams and Donna Haraway to Andrew Ross ... More

Keywords: Contemporary criticism, Literary theory, The university, Public intellectuals, Student debt, Academic labor, Critical university studies, Public criticism, Politics and culture, The crisis of American higher education

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823263806
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey J. Williams, author
Carnegie Mellon University

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