"Any humanist hoping to engage with a skeptical or curious public should read this book." Michael Bérubé, Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University
My new book, The Humanities "Crisis" and the Future of Literary Studies, analyzes the current plight of the humanities and explores ways to explain their value that push beyond the debilitating rhetoric of crisis that currently surrounds them. Please click The Humanities Crisis link above for more information about the book. For more recent discussions of why I believe we ought to move beyond the rhetoric of crisis see my "How Not to Defend the Liberal Arts" in the October 27th edition of Inside Higher Ed, and the December interview I did with Connections. I've recently delivered lectures on the value of the humanities at the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and at Purdue Calumet University. This March I delivered the keynote address at a conference on the survival of the humanities at Wayne State University (click here to watch video of the keynote). My last, book, Global Matters: The Transnational Turn in Literary Studies (2010) is out in electronic editions at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. Please see the link above for reviews and discussion of the book. You can click the Publications link to access some of my published articles.
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