Intellectual Life in America

A History

Author: Lewis Perry

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: History

Page: 461

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This historical study of intellectuals asks, for every period, who they were, how important they were, and how they saw themselves in relation to other Americans. Lewis Perry considers intellectuals in their varied historical roles as learned gentlemen, as clergymen and public figures, as professionals, as freelance critics, and as a professoriate. Looking at the changing reputation of the intellect itself, Perry examines many forms of anti-intellectualism, showing that some of these were encouraged by intellectuals as surely as by their antagonists. This work is interpretative, critical, and highly provocative, and it provides what is all too often missing in the study of intellectuals—a sense of historical orientation.

French Theory

How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States

Author: François Cusset

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press


Category: Philosophy

Page: 388

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Explores how the French theory of philosophy, which became popular during the last three decades of the twentieth century, spread to America and examines the critical practices that French theory inspired.

Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926

Author: Steven Conn

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: History

Page: 314

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During the last half of the nineteenth century, many of the country's most celebrated museums were built. In this original and daring study, Steven Conn argues that Americans, endowed with the belief that knowledge resided in objects themselves, built these institutions with the confidence that they could collect, organize, and display the sum of the world's knowledge. Conn discovers how museums gave definition to different bodies of knowledge and how these various museums helped to shape America's intellectual history. "Conn is an enthusiastic advocate for his subject, an appealing thinker, an imaginative researcher, a scholar at ease with theory and with empirical evidence." —Ann Fabian, Reviews in American History "Steven Conn's masterly study of late-nineteenth century American museums transports the reader to a strange and wonderful intellectual universe. . . . At the end of the day, Conn reminds us, objects still have the power to fascinate, attract, evoke, and, in the right context, explain." —Christopher Clarke-Hazlett, Journal of American History

The Culture of Classicism

Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910

Author: Caroline Winterer

Publisher: JHU Press


Category: Education

Page: 256

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Winner of the New Scholars Book Award from the American Educational Research Association Debates continue to rage over whether American university students should be required to master a common core of knowledge. In The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780–1910, Caroline Winterer traces the emergence of the classical model that became standard in the American curriculum in the nineteenth century and now lies at the core of contemporary controversies. By closely examining university curricula and the writings of classical scholars, Winterer demonstrates how classics was transformed from a narrow, language-based subject to a broader study of civilization, persuasively arguing that we cannot understand both the rise of the American university and modern notions of selfhood and knowledge without an appreciation for the role of classicism in their creation.

Religion and Twentieth-Century American Intellectual Life

Author: Michael James Lacey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: History

Page: 214

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This volume studies the persistence, complexity, and fragility of religious thought in the intellectual environment of the modern period.

Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860

An Abridged Edition of Conjectures of Order

Author: Michael O'Brien

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press


Category: History

Page: 385

View: 340

"A great achievement. It is hard to imagine anyone matching it for depth, scope and subtlety of analysis as a whole or in its parts. --

Jewish-American Writers and Intellectual Life in America

Author: Dontuboyina Venkateswarlu

Publisher: Stosius Incorporated/Advent Books Division


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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The First Part Contains A Series Of Interviews With Prominent Jewish Writers; The Second Part Is Devoted To A Detailed Discussion Of The Twentieth Century Literary Criticism And Some Specific Texts. There Are The Author`S Lively Interviews With Saul Bellow, Noam Chomsky, Norman Podhoretz, Wayne C. Booth, David Perkins, Richard Stern, Elie Wiesel, Marshal Sklare And Others.