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The Humanities and the Dream of America (Hardback)
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The Humanities and the Dream of America (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 19/04/2011
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In this bracing and original book, Geoffrey Galt Harpham argues that the humanities - the academic disciplines that study the potential of the human - represent a 'dream of America.' They were, Harpham contends, invented after World War II as an expression of American culture and character, and were advanced by their supporters as an instrument of American national interests. Although the humanities are struggling to retain their status in America today, the concept has spread to many other parts of the world and remains one of America's most distinctive and attractive contributions to higher education. "The Humanities and the Dream of America" explores a number of linked problems: the role, at once inspiring and disturbing, played by modern philology in the discipline's formation; the reasons behind the humanities' perpetual state of crisis; and the new possibilities for literary study afforded by the subject of pleasure. Framed by essays that draw on Harpham's pedagogical experiences abroad and as a lecturer at the US Air Force Academy, as well as his vantage as director of the National Humanities Center, this book provides an essential perspective on the history, ideology, and future of the humanities.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226316970
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm


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""The Humanities and the Dream of America" offers a compelling account of what's been happening to the humanities and why we should care about it-and them. What the humanities can do for us-and it is a lot!-is intimately dependent on our personal judgment about what we ought to do. Geoffrey Galt Harpham very convincingly shows the richness of the American project named in the term, which he eloquently glosses as the business of 'the disciplines that speak of the human.' Persuasive, rich, and worth debating with, this extremely readable book will be picked up by politicians, scholars, and the general public alike. There is nothing else like it out there."-Michael Wood, Princeton University
--Michael Wood, Princeton University
""The Humanities and the Dream of America" offers a compelling account of what's been happening to the humanities and why we should care about it--and them. What the humanities can do for us--and it is a lot!--is intimately dependent on our personal judgment about what we ought to do. Geoffrey Galt Harpham very convincingly shows the richness of the American project named in the term, which he eloquently glosses as the business of 'the disciplines that speak of the human.' Persuasive, rich, and worth debating with, this extremely readable book will be picked up by politicians, scholars, and the general public alike. There is nothing else like it out there."

--Michael Wood, Princeton University
"The Humanities and the Dream of America" offers a compelling account of what s been happening to the humanities and why we should care about it and them. What the humanities can do for us and it is a lot! is intimately dependent on our personal judgment about what we ought to do. Geoffrey Galt Harpham very convincingly shows the richness of the American project named in the term, which he eloquently glosses as the business of the disciplines that speak of the human. Persuasive, rich, and worth debating with, this extremely readable book will be picked up by politicians, scholars, and the general public alike. There is nothing else like it out there.
--Michael Wood, Princeton University"
"The Humanities and the Dream of America offers a compelling account of what's been happening to the humanities and why we should care about it--and them. What the humanities can do for us--and it is a lot!--is intimately dependent on our personal judgment about what we ought to do. Geoffrey Galt Harpham very convincingly shows the richness of the American project named in the term, which he eloquently glosses as the business of 'the disciplines that speak of the human.' Persuasive, rich, and worth debating with, this extremely readable book will be picked up by politicians, scholars, and the general public alike. There is nothing else like it out there."
--Michael Wood, Princeton University
"This is a rich and significant collection of essays on the state of the humanities, the nature of teaching and research, the history and social function of the university, and the place of books in our contemporary experience. The Humanities and the Dream of America is a book that readers will engage with, argue against, agree and disagree with--but above all else, it is a book that readers will have to take very seriously."--Seth Lerer, University of California, San Diego

"The Humanities and the Dream of America offers a compelling account of what's been happening to the humanities and why we should care about it--and them. What the humanities can do for us--and it is a lot!--is intimately dependent on our personal judgment about what we ought to do. Geoffrey Galt Harpham very convincingly shows the richness of the American project named in the term, which he eloquently glosses as the business of 'the disciplines that speak of the human.' Persuasive, rich, and worth debating with, this extremely readable book will be picked up by politicians, scholars, and the general public alike. There is nothing else like it out there."

--Michael Wood, Princeton University

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