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Author Williams, Jeffrey, 1958- author

Title How to be an intellectual : essays on criticism, culture, and the university / Jeffrey J. Williams
Published New York : Fordham University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (226 pages)
Contents ""Front ""; ""Contents ""; ""Introduction: Criticism without Footnotes""; ""How to Be an Intellectual: Rorty v. Ross""; ""The Retrospective Tenor of Recent Theory""; ""The Rise of the Theory Journal""; ""How Critics Became Smart""; ""Publicist Intellectuals""; ""The Ubiquity of Culture""; ""Credibility and Criticism: On Walter Benn Michaels""; ""The Statistical Turn in Literary Criticism""; ""Prodigal Critics: Bloom, Fish, and Greenblatt""; ""A Life in Criticism: M.H. Abrams""; ""Bellwether: J. Hillis Miller""; ""The Political Theory License: Michael Walzer""
""My Life as Editor""""Other People�s Words""; ""Long Island Intellectual""
""The Critic as Wanderer: Terry Eagleton""""From Cyborgs to Animals: Donna Haraway""; ""Intellectuals and Politics: Stefan Collini""; ""The Editor as Broker: Gordon Hutner""; ""Gaga Feminism: Judith “Jack� Halberstam""; ""Book Angst""; ""The Pedagogy of Debt""; ""Student Debt and the Spirit of Indenture""; ""The Academic Devolution""; ""The Neoliberal Bias of Higher Education""; ""The University on Film""; ""The Thrill Is Gone""; ""Unlucky Jim""; ""Academic Opportunities Unlimited""; ""The Pedagogy of Prison""; ""Shelf Life""; ""Teacher: Remembering Michael Sprinker""
Summary "Over the past decade, Jeffrey J. Williams has been one of the most perceptive observers of contemporary literary and cultural studies. He has also been a shrewd analyst of the state of American higher education. How to Be an Intellectual brings together noted and new essays and exemplifies Williams's effort to bring criticism to a wider public How to Be an Intellectual profiles a number of critics, drawing on a unique series of interviews that give an inside look at their work and careers. The book often looks at critical thought from surprising angles, examining, for instance, the history of modern American criticism in terms of its keywords as they morphed from sound to rigorous to smart. It also puts in plain language the political travesty of higher education policies that produce student debt, which, as Williams demonstrates, all too readily follow the model of colonial indenture, not just as a metaphor but in actual point of fact. How to Be an Intellectual tells a story of intellectual life since the culture wars. Shedding academic obscurity and calling for a better critical writing, it reflects on what makes the critic and intellectual the accidents of careers, the trends in thought, the institutions that shape us, and politics. It also includes personal views of living and working with books."--JSTOR website (viewed April 13, 2017)
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Subject Criticism -- United States.
Intellectuals -- United States.
Literature -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0823263835 (electronic bk.)
9780823263837 (electronic bk.)