Why the Humanities Matter: A Commonsense Approach

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University of Texas Press, 15 sep. 2009 - 391 páginas

Is there life after postmodernism? Many claim that it sounded the death knell for history, art, ideology, science, possibly all of Western philosophy, and certainly for the concept of reality itself. Responding to essential questions regarding whether the humanities can remain politically and academically relevant amid this twenty-first-century uncertainty, Why the Humanities Matter offers a guided tour of the modern condition, calling upon thinkers in a variety of disciplines to affirm essential concepts such as truth, goodness, and beauty.

Offering a lens of "new humanism," Frederick Aldama also provides a liberating examination of the current cultural repercussions of assertions by such revolutionary theorists as Said, Foucault, Lacan, and Derrida, as well as Latin Americanists such as Sommer and Mignolo. Emphasizing pedagogy and popular culture with equal verve, and writing in colloquial yet multifaceted prose, Aldama presents an enlightening way to explore what "culture" actually does—who generates it and how it shapes our identities—and the role of academia in sustaining it.

 

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Índice

1 Self Identity and Ideas
1
2 Revisiting Derrida Lacan and Foucault
20
3 Derrida Gets Medieval
44
4 Imaginary Empires Real Nations
58
5 Edward Said Spaced Out
74
6 Modernity What?
93
7 Teachers Scholars and the Humanities Today
106
8 Translation Matters
124
10 The Cultural Studies Turn in Brown Studies
167
11 Pulling up Stakes in Latino American Theoretical Claims
192
12 Fugitive Thoughts on Justice and Happiness
213
13 Why Literature Matters
234
14 Interpretation Interdisciplinarity and the People
265
Notes
279
Works Cited
327
Index
349

9 Can Music Resist?
147

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Sobre el autor (2009)

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University.

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