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The humanities "crisis" and the future of literary studies, by Paul Jay

Label
The humanities "crisis" and the future of literary studies
Title
The humanities "crisis" and the future of literary studies
Statement of responsibility
by Paul Jay
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The Humanities 'Crisis' and the Future of Literary Studies explores the idea that the humanities seem to be in a perpetual state of crisis. Students and parents worry they serve no practical purpose, while many who do endorse their cultural value complain an over-professionalized faculty preoccupied with esoteric theories and political agendas has left them compromised. Jay argues both concerns are misplaced. He insists the humanities do teach students a set of useful skills, and that they are most effectively taught in courses that stress theoretical thinking, sensitivity to social justice, and the ability to use scholarly and critical methodologies. Focusing on the field of literary studies, Jay argues that the value of the humanities must be framed in a balanced way that stresses both the importance of the cultural knowledge they embody and the utility of the transferable skills they teach. The real humanities crisis is not intellectual but budgetary, and it can best be countered by emphasizing the practical value of a humanities education"--
  • "The Humanities 'Crisis' and the Future of Literary Studies explores current debates about the role of the humanities in higher education, puts them in historical context, and offers humanists and their supporters concrete ways to explain the practical value of a humanities education for twenty-first century students. Arguing that it's a mistake for humanists and their supporters to shy away from stressing the utility of a humanities education, Jay uses the field of literary studies to demonstrate how specialized disciplinary practices and seemingly abstruse theoretical methodologies help students to think critically, read analytically, and write argumentatively, teaching them transferable skills employers are looking for. Far from being strikes against the humanities, he argues, literary theory, the so-called abandonment of the canon, and professionalization in fact bring practical value to their study. Written with clarity and vigor, Jay provides a roadmap for understanding debates about the worth of the humanities and for determining the way forward"--
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jay, Paul
Dewey number
001.3071/1
Index
index present
LC call number
AZ182
LC item number
.J38 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Humanities
  • Education, Higher
  • Humanities
  • Education, Higher
  • EDUCATION / Higher
  • EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
  • EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
Label
The humanities "crisis" and the future of literary studies, by Paul Jay
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. The Humanities Crisis Then and Now -- 2. Professionalism and Its Discontents -- 3. Humanism, the Humanities, and Political Correctness -- 4. Getting to the Core of the Humanities, or Who's Afraid of Gloria AnzaldĂșa? -- 5. Aesthetics, Close Reading, Theory, and the Future of Literary Studies -- 6. The Humanities and the Public Sphere in the Age of the Internet
Control code
873726216
Extent
210 pages; cm.
Isbn
9781137403308
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014001798
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)873726216
Label
The humanities "crisis" and the future of literary studies, by Paul Jay
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. The Humanities Crisis Then and Now -- 2. Professionalism and Its Discontents -- 3. Humanism, the Humanities, and Political Correctness -- 4. Getting to the Core of the Humanities, or Who's Afraid of Gloria AnzaldĂșa? -- 5. Aesthetics, Close Reading, Theory, and the Future of Literary Studies -- 6. The Humanities and the Public Sphere in the Age of the Internet
Control code
873726216
Extent
210 pages; cm.
Isbn
9781137403308
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014001798
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)873726216

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