The Making of the Humanities
Amsterdam University Press
What role has poststructuralist literary, critical, and cultural theory played in the making of the humanities, particularly in the period between 1968 and the present, and what role should theory have going forward as we come to terms with the corporatization of higher education, with its stress on practical skills, vocational training, and on measuring concrete learning outcomes? Exploring these questions requires confronting - and linking - two key issues currently at the core of sometimes-fierce debates about the humanities in the West, and particularly in t he US. T he first issue has to do with whether or not theory since 1968 has served to undermine the traditional coherence of a humanities education, and the second has to do with how humanists and their supporters respond rn assertions the humanities have little value because they do not teach students practical skills. In the US in particular these two issues have gotten intertwined. I will be arguing that since theory has always been central to the humanities it is a mistake to argue it has somehow undermined and marginalized them.
Jay, Paul. Critique and Theory in the History of the Modern Humanities. The Making of the Humanities, III, : 655-665, 2014. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, English: Faculty Publications and Other Works,
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