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Professions

Conversations on the Future of Literary and Cultural Studies

Sometimes playful, always provocative, Professions is a collection of searching and candid conversations--ranging from dialogues to tongue-in-cheek diatribes--on the issues that face literary and cultural critics today.

This volume bares professional concerns, relationships, ambitions, and insecurities about working in academe. Professions provides hard-to-get insider information for students contemplating an academic career. It also challenges professional scholars to retrieve the intellectual curiosity that drew them to scholarship in the first place while demonstrating how disagreement on controversial issues can be conducted with respect, good humor, and an open mind.

Professions features: Jane Tompkins and Gerald Graff John McGowan and Regenia Gagnier James Phelan and James Kincaid Marjorie Perloff and Robert von Hallberg Judith Jackson Fossett and Kevin Gaines Dennis W. Allen and Judith Roof Niko Pfund, Gordon Hutner, and Martha Banta Geoffrey Galt Harpham Donald E. Hall and Susan S. Lanser J. Hillis Miller, Herbert Lindenberger, Sandra Gilbert, Bonnie Zimmerman, Nellie Y. McKay, and Elaine Marks


"This volume comprises neither clearly conservative voices nor extreme radical manifestoes (and hence no angry voices). Hall posits the 'dissensus' rather than the consensus model for debates on curriculum and literary theory. . . . Useful for graduate students trying to make sense of the conversations and conflicts gripping literary academics." -- Choice

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