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Manifesto of a Tenured Radical : Cultural Front (Hardcover) - Cary Nelson

Manifesto of a Tenured Radical

Cultural Front (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1997
ISBN: 9780814757949
Number Of Pages: 254

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In an age when innovative scholarly work is at an all-time high, the academy itself is being rocked by structural change. Funding is plummeting. Tenure increasingly seems a prospect for only the elite few. Ph.D.'s are going begging for even adjunct work. Into this tumult steps Cary Nelson, with a no- holds-barred account of recent developments in higher education.

Eloquent and witty, Manifesto of a Tenured Radical urges academics to apply the theoretical advances of the last twenty years to an analysis of their own practices and standards of behavior. In the process, Nelson offers a devastating critique of current inequities and a detailed proposal for change in the form of A Twelve-Step Program for Academia.

"Manifesto of a Tenured Radical is the Silent Spring of higher education." --Constance Penley, University of California at Santa Barbara "Armed with a keen conscience and a fearless wit, Cary Nelson exposes the moral bankruptcy that underpins the current crisis of academic labor. From underpaid cafeteria workers and underemployed Ph.D.'s to overindulged professors and CEO- wannabe university presidents, Nelson's groves of academe are littered with inequality and injustice. Whether on the topic of the future of literary studies or the unionization of graduate students, Manifesto of a Tenured Radical presents a devastating case for the correction of the profession." --Andrew Ross, author of Real Love and The Chicago Gangster Theory of Life

Introductionp. 1
Against English as it was: Theory and the Politics of the Disciplinep. 13
Multiculturalism Without Guarantees: From Anthologies to the Social Textp. 29
Relativism, Politics, and Ethics: Writing Literary History in the Shadow of Poststructuralismp. 39
Always Already Cultural Studies: Academic Conferences and a Manifestop. 52
Progressive Pedagogy Without Apologies: The Cultural Work of Teaching Noncanonical Poetryp. 77
Canon Fodder: An Evening with William Bennett, Lynne Cheney, and Dinesh D'Souzap. 97
Hate Speech and Political Correctnessp. 115
What Happens When We Put the Left at the Center?p. 126
Dichotomy is Where the Money is: Anti-Intellectualism Inside the Outside the Universityp. 137
Late Capitalism Arrives on Campus: The Corporate University's Expendable Employeesp. 153
What is to Be Done?: A Twelve-Step Program for Academiap. 171
Reaction and Resistance at Yale and the MLA: Union Organizing and the Job Marketp. 194
Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 239
About the Authorp. 245
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ISBN: 9780814757949
ISBN-10: 0814757944
Series: Cultural Front (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 1st April 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.51