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Academic Instincts
Author: Marjorie Garber

ISBN: 9780691115719
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 3 August 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.1
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In this lively and provocative book, cultural critic Marjorie Garber, who has written on topics as different as Shakespeare, dogs, cross-dressing, and real estate, explores the pleasures and pitfalls of the academic life. "Academic Instincts" discusses three of the perennial issues that have surfaced in recent debates about the humanities: the relation between "amateurs" and "professionals," the relation between one academic discipline and another, and the relation between "jargon" and "plain language." Rather than merely taking sides, the book explores the ways in which such debates are essential to intellectual life. Garber argues that the very things deplored or defended in discussions of the humanities cannot be either eliminated or endorsed because the discussion itself is what gives humanistic thought its vitality.

Written in spirited and vivid prose, and full of telling detail drawn both from the history of scholarship and from the daily press, "Academic Instincts" is a book by a well-known Shakespeare scholar and prize-winning teacher who offers analysis rather than polemic to explain why to...

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