Conversations on the Future of Literary and Cultural Studies
Author: Edited by Donald E. Hall
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Publication Date: June 2001
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About the Book

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 GraffJohn McGowan and Regenia GagnierJames Phelan and James KincaidMarjorie Perloff and Robert von HallbergJudith Jackson Fossett and Kevin GainesDennis W. Allen and Judith RoofNiko Pfund, Gordon Hutner, and Martha BantaGeoffrey Galt HarphamDonald E. Hall and Susan S. LanserJ. 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