Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siecle
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Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siecle by Amanda Anderson
Book DescriptionContemporary celebrations of interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences often harbor a distrust of traditional disciplines, which are seen as at best narrow and unimaginative, and at worst complicit in larger forms of power and policing. Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siecle questions these assumptions by examining, for the first time, in so sustained a manner, the rise of a select number of academic disciplines in a historical perspective. This collection of twelve essays focuses on the late Victorian era in Great Britain but also on Germany, France, and America in the same formative period. The contributors--James Buzard, Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Liah Greenfeld, John Guillory, Simon Joyce, Henrika Kuklick, Christopher Lane, Jeff Nunokawa, Arkady Plotnitsky, Ivan Strenski, Athena Vrettos, and Gauri Viswanathan--examine the genealogy of various fields including English, sociology, economics, psychology, and quantum physics. Together with the editors' cogent introduction, they challenge the story of disciplinary formation as solely one of consolidation, constraint, and ideological justification. Addressing a broad range of issues--disciplinary formations, disciplinarity and professionalism, disciplines of the self, discipline and the state, and current disciplinary debates--the book aims to dislodge what the editors call the "comfortable pessimism" that too readily assimilates disciplines to techniques of management or control. It advances considerably the effort to more fully comprehend the complex legacy of the human sciences.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691089621
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 26-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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Powers of Distance, Paperback (July 2001)» View all books by Amanda Anderson
Combining analysis of Victorian literature and culture with theoretical argument, this title examines the progressive potential of those forms of cultivated detachment associated with Enlightenment and modern thought. It explores a range of practices in nineteenth-century British culture, including methods of objectivity in social science.
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Author Biography - Amanda Anderson
Amanda Anderson is Professor of English at The Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of The Powers of Distance (Princeton) and Tainted Souls and Painted Faces. Joseph Valente is Associate Professor of English, Critical Theory, and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Draculo's Crypt and James Joyce and the Problem of Justice and the editor of Quare Joyce.
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