Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics (Haymarket)
Michael Berube (Author)
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In the years of the Reagan-Bush era, the controversy over 'political correctness' erupted on American campuses, spreading to the mainstream media as right-wing pundits like Dinesh D'Souza and Roger Kimball prosecuted their publicity campaign against progressive academics. Michael Berube's brilliant new book explains how and why the political correctness furore emerged, and how the right's apparent stranglehold on popular opinion about the academy can be loosened. Traversing the terrain of contemporary cultural criticism, Berube examines the state of cultural studies, the significance of postmodernism, the continuing debate over multicultural curricula, and the recent revisions of literary history in American studies. Also included is Berube's witty and self-deprecating autobiographical reflection on why interpretive theory has emerged as an indispensable part of education in the humanities over the past decade Public Access insists that academics must exercise more responsibility towards the publics who underwrite but often misunderstand their work and its significance. Taken seriously as a potential audience, Berube argues, such publics can be weaned from their present inclination to believe the distortions and half-truths peddled by the right's ideologues. The goal of such 'public access' criticism is not just a better environment for teachers and scholars, but a world in which education itself achieves its proper place in a society committed to equality of opportunity and true critical thinking.
About the Author
Michael Berube is the Paterno Family Professor in Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University.
- Contributor: Michael Berube
- Imprint: Verso Books
- ISBN13: 9780860916789
- Number of Pages: 288
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x236x23mm
- Packaged Weight: 487
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Verso Books
- Release Date: 1994-06-17
- Series: Haymarket
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Michael Berube is the Paterno Family Professor in Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University.