At Bully Bloggers, Ira Livingston, co-editor of the recent University of Illinois Press book Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader, takes on Michael Berube’s recent Chronicle of Higher Education essay “What’s the Matter With Cultural Studies.”
Cultural studies pioneer Stuart Hall is Berube’s primary foil in the essayâ€”the one alongside whom all others fail to measure up— but Berube also cites approvingly the hard-hitting early work of Richard Hoggart, Raymond Williams and E.P. Thompson; the unflinchingly reflexive work on academic labor by Marc Bosquet, Cary Nelson, Andrew Ross, and Jeffrey Williams; and the work of cultural-studies emissaries into other disciplines; Berube mentions Mike Davis and Edward Soja in urban studies.
Notice anything about the scholars in this list? Yep, they’re all men.