The audience for this blog is filled with cultural critics and those who write about them. America prides itself on always catching that first wave of change. The American people are more connected to the progress, the technology, the industry, and they believe in the values that this culture produces . Let’s work together to repair those damaged parts, and let’s not promote things like progress and a better future unless we’re willing to go all in. We’re quick to write off the futures of so many, and therefore we’re stingy with our hope—we hoard it rather than multiplying and sharing it. A companion to Latin American literature and culture Author(s): Sara Castro-Klaren Series: Blackwell Companions To Literature And Culture Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Year: 2008 (4MB) The Cambridge Companion to American Realism and Naturalism: From Howells to London (Cambridge Companions to Literature) If we want to be a nation that reveres history, let’s be a nation that considers every thread of it, celebrating what’s beautiful but also mourning what’s damaged and broken. I can’t have the bookstore stock a dozen titles for the course (no, I can’t); but I also don’t want to spend a month scanning essays from critics. More and more, what they’re getting ranges from drivel to leftist indoctrination. “Following a revolt of the junior faculty, however, during which it was announced that Shakespeare was part of the ‘Empire,’ UCLA junked these individual author requirements and replaced them with a mandate that all English majors take three courses in the following four areas: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Disability, and Sexuality Studies; Imperial, Transnational, and Postcolonial Studies; genre studies, interdisciplinary studies, and critical theory; or creative writing.”, As Mac Donald put it, “In other words, the UCLA faculty was now officially indifferent as to whether an English major had ever read a word of Milton, Chaucer or Shakespeare, but was determined to expose students, according to the course catalogue, to ‘alternative rubrics of gender, sexuality, race and class.’”. So we want to be a nation that’s characterized by “hard work,” by changing the course of history with honest sweat and blood? American literature - American literature - Literary and social criticism: Until his death in 1972, Edmund Wilson solidified his reputation as one of America’s most versatile and distinguished men of letters. I don’t know if it because that line of questioning no longer resonated, or was assumed, or was simply overshadowed by Culture Wars questions of race, class, and gender (with none of those three categories connected to aesthetic theory or questions of cultural taste). Modernity should at least have to justify itself before the Great Tradition, even as it proclaims itself the victor. Since the USIH bloggers write under our real names, we would prefer that our commenters also identify themselves by their real name. Benetton-style) in the set versus any clear connection to politics? I once started off an upper-level Modern America course “in the middle of things” with Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences. As our primary goal is to stimulate and engage in fruitful and productive discussion, ad hominem attacks (personal or professional), unnecessary insults, and/or mean-spiritedness have no place in the USIH Blog’s Comments section. Ray– Thanks for the comments thus far from you all! The Prosecutor Who Put Brandon Bernard on Death Row Her Changed His Mind. One of the issues with this class that I’d also like your views on is the distinction or collision between cultural and intellectual history. All text (including posts, pages, and comments) posted on this blog on or after August 7, 2012, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. I teach a course in the spring entitled American Culture and Its Critics, which will bring together, I hope, the usual diversity of students from anthropology, journalism, English, and political science, in addition to the two sponsoring programs, history and American Studies. American Cultural Criticism I teach a course in the spring entitled American Culture and Its Critics, which will bring together, I hope, the usual diversity of students from anthropology, journalism, English, and political science, in addition to the two sponsoring programs, history and American Studies. If we’re not ready to do all that, can we at least recognize all the inconsistencies in our value statements, and stop throwing around words like “work” and “hope” that we seem to believe only apply to some people, in some situations, some of the time? Not that I share Weaver’s critique, but I wanted to see what students would do with and after someone totally trashed even the notion of Modern America. Some of our assumptions will be pulled from anthropology and some from literary studies. We also love to blame people who aren’t doing that kind of hard work—we blame them not just for their own problems, but for our problems too. 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Start your weekdays with “RELEVANT Today”—a quick look at our five most trending articles. I guess it’s been all downhill since Eliot introduced the elective system at Harvard way back when. UCLA is far from alone, “but the UCLA coup was particularly significant because the English Department there was one of the last champions of the historically informed study of great literature uncorrupted by ideological overlay,” Mac Donald noted. Let’s put in overtime listening to and encouraging others, and then let’s value every rich reward that has nothing to do with our bank accounts. Instead of complaining about our social ills, let’s throw our heads and hearts and creativity into a solution—and then celebrate after the good work has been done. Cultural criticism has significant overlap with social and cultural theory. 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