This post could also be called: Walter Benjamin in the Age of Me Noodling Around with Small Data.
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A slightly annotated reconstruction of my response to the survey distributed to all Rutgers faculty as part of the new president’s Strategic Planning initative. Subtitle: Why not be idealistic?
(Co-written by AG and Ted Underwood.) Of all our literary-historical narratives it is the history of criticism itself that seems most wedded to a stodgy history-of-ideas approach---narrating change through a succession of stars or contending schools.
What are the eras of publishing history? Are they literary eras?
Seen through a sociologist’s eyes, the literary system can look very strange indeed.
Just what is that infamous thing, a close reading?
Here’s how I got to that question, and it’s not because I’m giving up on the standard English Ph.D. tactic of giving books as birthday presents to everyone I know (which gets more embarrassing every year, really).
(In which poetry specifically does not provide consolation, and a good thing too.)