Academic Instincts: Book by Marjorie Garber

Academic Instincts

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ISBN: 9780691049700    Publisher: Princeton University Press Year of publishing: 2001     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 202        
In this volume, the author, who has written on topics as different as Shakespeare, dogs, cross-dressing, and real estate, explores the pleasures and pitfalls of the academic life. This work discusses three...Read more
In this volume, the author, who has written on topics as different as Shakespeare, dogs, cross-dressing, and real estate, explores the pleasures and pitfalls of the academic life. This work discusses three of the perennial issues that have surfaced in recent debates about the humanities: the relation between "amateurs" and "professionals", the relation between one academic discipline and another, and the relation between "jargon" and "plain language". Rather than merely taking sides, the book explores the ways in which such debates are essential to intellectual life. The author argues that the very things deplored or defended in discussions of the humanities cannot be either eliminated or endorsed because th discussion itself is what gives humanistic thought its vitality. Written in spirited and vivid prose, and full of telling detail drawn both from the history of scholarship and from the daily press, this book by a well-known Shakespeare scholar and prize-winning teacher who offers analysis rather then polemic to explain why today teachers and scholars are at once breaking new ground and treading familiar paths.
It opens the door to an important nation-wide and worldwide conversation about the reorganisation of knowledge and the categories in and through which we teach the humanities. And it does so in a spirit both generous and optimistic about the present and the future disciplines.
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More breezy than scholarly in this book, Garber straddles the divide between the academy and the popular press with aplomb. Reading "Academic Instincts" is like sharing the newspaper with a current...Read more
More breezy than scholarly in this book, Garber straddles the divide between the academy and the popular press with aplomb. Reading "Academic Instincts" is like sharing the newspaper with a current events junkie who can't help but comment on everything that catches her eye."--Leah Platt, "American Prospect
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