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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.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  801.950973 WILL    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Physical description viii, 216 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Part One: The Politics of Criticism -- 1. How to Be an Intellectual: Rorty v. Ross -- 2. The Retrospective Tenor of Recent Theory -- 3. The Rise of the Theory Journal -- 4. How Critics Became Smart -- 5. Publicist Intellectuals -- 6. The Ubiquity of Culture -- 7. Credibility and Criticism: On Walter Benn Michaels -- 8. The Statistical Turn in Literary Criticism -- Part Two: Profiles in Criticism -- 9. Prodigal Critics: Bloom, Fish, and Greenblatt -- 10. A Life in Criticism: M. H. Abrams -- 11. Bellwether: J. Hillis Miller -- 12. The Political Theory License: Michael Walzer -- 13. The Critic as Wanderer: Terry Eagleton -- 14. From Cyborgs to Animals: Donna Haraway -- 15. Intellectuals and Politics: Stefan Collini -- 16. The Editor as Broker: Gordon Hutner -- 17. Gaga Feminism: Judith "Jack" Halberstam -- 18. Book Angst -- Part Three: The Predicament of the University -- 19. The Pedagogy of Debt -- 20. Student Debt and the Spirit of Indenture -- 21. The Academic Devolution -- 22. The Neoliberal Bias of Higher Education -- 23. The University on Film -- 24. The Thrill Is Gone -- 25. Unlucky Jim -- 26. Academic Opportunities Unlimited -- Part Four: The Personal and the Critical -- 27. The Pedagogy of Prison -- 28. Shelf Life -- 29. Teacher: Remembering Michael Sprinker -- 30. My Life as Editor -- 31. Other People's Words -- 32. Long Island Intellectual.
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"-- Provided by publisher.
"This book sheds academic obscurity to tell the story of trends in contemporary literary and cultural criticism and the state of the American university. It collects noted and new essays by Jeffrey J. Williams, who regularly publishes in Dissent, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and LARB, as well as major academic venues"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Criticism -- United States.
Intellectuals -- United States.
Literature -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
Standard Number 40024121927
ISBN 9780823263806 (hardback)
0823263800 (hardback)
9780823263813 (paper)
0823263819 (paper)