Left Politics and the Literary Profession

Left Politics and the Literary Profession

By: Lennard J. Davis (editor), M. Bella Mirabella (editor)Hardback

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By providing a meditative overview of the past twenty years in the political study and teaching of literature, Where We're Bound assesses the concrete contributions of the sixties and the kind of changes that needed to come about to institutionalize the activism of this period. Twenty years ago, Louis Kampf and Paul Lauter published their groundbreaking anthology, Politics of Literature. It was the first book, born out of the sixties, to integrate the political insights of the New Left into the practice of literary criticism. Keenly aware of the politics and criticism since the sixties, Davis and Mirabella have produced a successor to the earlier volume. This work includes essays by both Kampf and Lauter, as well as by such well known scholars as Gerald Graff, Richard Ohmann, Catherine R. Stimpson, and writers, including Tillie Olsen.The authors survey various politicized realms of literary study - leftist, feminist, black, chicano, and others. While contributing to the ongoing debate about literary theory, Where We're Bound comes out of a tradition of political activism and also addresses itself to practical politics. It thus provides an important link between the radical politics of the sixties and the intellectual activities of radicals who study literature now, or will study it in the future.

About Author

Lennard J. Davis is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of several books, including Factual Fictions: The Origins of The English Novel (published by Columbia University Press). M. Bella Mirabella is an Associate Professor at the Gallatin Division of New York University and has written widely on dance and drama.


Why theory?, by Gerald Graff The function of English at the present time, by Richard Ohmann What am I doing when I do women's studies in 1990?, by Catharine R. Stimpson Literature and politics: black feminist scholars reshaping literary education in the white university, 1970-1986, by Nellie Y. McKay What is the matter with Mary Jane? Feminist criticism in a time of diminished expectations, by Kate Ellis Canon theory and emergent practice, by Paul Lauter Canon fathers and myth universe, by Lillian S. Robinson Literature of resistance: the intersection of feminism and the communist left in Meridel Le Sueur and Tillie Olsen, by Constance Coiner Memory and historical record: the literature and literary criticism of Beirut, 1982, by Barbara Harlow. At the crossroads of history, on the borders of change: Chicano literary studies past, present, and future, by Hector Calderon Third plane at the change of the century: the shape of African-American literature to come, by Pancho Savery History as explanation: writing about lesbian writing, or "Are girls necessary?", by Julie Abraham Politics and literature: then and now, by Robert C. Rosen Somewhere off the coast of academia, by Robert Rich Some historical refractions, by Lillian S. Robinson What has happened to the seeds of the flower children?, by Susan Gushee O'Malley Annals of academic life: an exemplary tale, by Louis Kampf

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  • ISBN13: 9780231065665
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 316
  • ID: 9780231065665
  • ISBN10: 0231065663

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