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Class Issues : Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, and the Public Sphere - Amitava Kumar

Class Issues

Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, and the Public Sphere

By: Amitava Kumar (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st August 1997
ISBN: 9780814746974
Number Of Pages: 334

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The university classroom has been turned into an intensely bitter battlefield. Conservatives are attacking the academy's ability to teach, and at times its very right to educate. As the dust begins to settle, the contributors to this volume weigh in with a constructive and wide-ranging statement on the progressive possibilities of teaching. This is, in many ways, a book for the morning after the PC Wars, when the shouting dies down and the imperatives of pedagogy remain.

Asserting a complex, inter-related agenda for teachers and students, Class Issues is an anthology of essays on radical teaching. Leading scholars of literary and cultural studies, queer studies, ethnic studies and working-class literature examine the challenges that confront progressive pedagogy, as well as the histories that lie behind the achievements of cultural studies. Class Issues offers a plan for the construction of an alternative public sphere in the rapidly changing space of the classroom in the academy.

Class Issues is a compilation of important new work on the tradition of radical teaching as well as forceful suggestions for the mobilization of radical consciousness.
Contributers:
Goerge Lipsitz, Bruce Robbins, Maria Damon, John Mowitt, Donald K. Hedrick, Neil larsen, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Peter Hitchcock, Alan Wald, Mike Hill, Ronald Strickland,Henry A. Giroux, Rachel Buff, Jason Loviglio, Carol Stabile, Timothy Brennan, Jeffrey R. di Leo, Christian Moraru, Vijay Prashad, Judith halberstam, Gregory L. Ulmer, John P. Leavey, Jr., Jeffrey Williams.

"Class Issues reminds us that university intellectuals work in knowledge factories; that the factories produce engines of dominance; and that, therefore, sabotage has to be the order of the day. The essays state their cases with elegance, with thoroughness, and with economical precision. No one interested in addressing his or her mite of effort to transforming the world can afford to ingore this book."

-Wahneema Lubiano, Duke University

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Class and Consciousness: Teaching about Social Class in Public Universitiesp. 9
The Return to Literaturep. 22
Postliterary Poetry, Counterperformance, and Micropoetriesp. 33
Survey and Discipline: Literary Pedagogy in the Context of Cultural Studiesp. 48
Dumb and Dumber History: The Transhistorical Popularp. 65
Theory at the Vanishing Point: Notes on a Pedagogical Quandaryp. 77
Diasporas Old and New: Women in the Transnational Worldp. 87
The Value Ofp. 117
A Pedagogy of Unlearning: Teaching the Specificity of U.S. Marxismp. 125
Cultural Studies by Default: A History of the Presentp. 148
Pedagogy and Public Accountabilityp. 163
Black, Bruised, and Read all Over: Public Intellectuals and the Politics of Racep. 179
"The Inescapable Public": Teaching (during) the Backlashp. 196
Pedagogues, Pedagogy, and Political Strugglep. 208
Meanwhile, in the Hallwaysp. 221
Posttheory, Cultural Studies, and the Classroom: Fragments of a New Pedagogical Discoursep. 237
Other Worlds in a Fordist Classroomp. 247
Who's Afraid of Queer Theory?p. 256
Deconstructing the Family Albump. 276
Detours: PPS: Pedagogy and a Public Scenep. 290
Renegotiating the Pedagogical Contractp. 298
Contributorsp. 313
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780814746974
ISBN-10: 0814746977
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45