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Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siecle - Amanda Anderson

Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siecle

By: Amanda Anderson (Editor), Joseph Valente (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th January 2002
ISBN: 9780691089621
Number Of Pages: 342

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Contemporary celebrations of interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences often harbor a distrust of traditional disciplines, which are seen as at best narrow and unimaginative, and at worst complicit in larger forms of power and policing. "Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siecle" questions these assumptions by examining, for the first time, in so sustained a manner, the rise of a select number of academic disciplines in a historical perspective.

This collection of twelve essays focuses on the late Victorian era in Great Britain but also on Germany, France, and America in the same formative period. The contributors--James Buzard, Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Liah Greenfeld, John Guillory, Simon Joyce, Henrika Kuklick, Christopher Lane, Jeff Nunokawa, Arkady Plotnitsky, Ivan Strenski, Athena Vrettos, and Gauri Viswanathan--examine the genealogy of various fields including English, sociology, economics, psychology, and quantum physics. Together with the editors' cogent introduction, they challenge the story of disciplinary formation as solely one of consolidation, constraint, and ideological justification.

Addressing a broad range of issues--disciplinary formations, disciplinarity and professionalism, disciplines of the self, discipline and the state, and current disciplinary debates--the book aims to dislodge what the editors call the "comfortable pessimism" that too readily assimilates disciplines to techniques of management or control. It advances considerably the effort to more fully comprehend the complex legacy of the human sciences.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Discipline and Freedomp. 1
Disciplinary Formations
Literary Study and the Modern System of the Disciplinesp. 19
Disciplinarity and Radicality: Quantum Theory and Nonclassical Thought at the Fin de Siecle, and as Philosophy of the Futurep. 44
Disciplines and Professionalism
How Economics Became a Science: A Surprising Career of a Model Disciplinep. 87
Professional Status and the Moral Orderp. 126
Durkheim, Disciplinarity, and the "Sciences Religieuses"p. 153
Disciplines of the Self
Subjecting English and the Question of Representationp. 177
Dying Twice: Victorian Theories of Deja Vup. 196
Oscar Wilde, Erving Goffman, and the Social Body Beautifulp. 219
Discipline and the State
Character and Pastorship in Two British "Sociological" Traditions: Organized Charity, Fabian Socialism, and the Invention of New Liberalismp. 235
Victorian Continuities: Early British Sociology and the Welfare of the Statep. 261
Disciplinary Contests and the Present Horizon
The Arnoldian Ideal, or Culture Studies and the Problem of Nothingnessp. 283
Notes on the Defenestration of Culturep. 312
Notes on Contributorsp. 333
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780691089621
ISBN-10: 0691089620
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 15th January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5