Introduction: American Political Culture and Cultural Politics -- Pt. I. PC and the Humanities. 1. Discipline and Theory. 2. Winning Hearts and Minds. 3. Exigencies of Value -- Pt. II. Critical Theory in the Public Sphere. 4. Just the Fax, Ma'am: or, Postmodernism's Journey to Decenter. 5. Pop Goes the Academy: Cult Studs Fight the Power. 6. Bite Size Theory: Popularizing Academic Criticism -- Pt. III. At the Closing of the American Century. 7. Paranoia in a Vacuum: 2001 and the National Security State. 8. It's Renaissance Time: New Historicism, American Studies, and American Identity. 9. Disuniting America Again -- Epilogue: Harvesting the Humanities.