The Resource The opening of the American mind : canons, culture, and history, Lawrence W. Levine

The opening of the American mind : canons, culture, and history, Lawrence W. Levine

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The opening of the American mind : canons, culture, and history
Title
The opening of the American mind
Title remainder
canons, culture, and history
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence W. Levine
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In recent years there has been a spate of right-wing books attacking the contemporary university. The idea that the university curriculum has been hijacked by radical professors is an article of faith among conservatives and has fueled more than one best-seller. Until now, there has been no forceful, accessible book responding in a comprehensive way for a wide audience. In The Opening of the American Mind, MacArthur award-winning historian Lawrence W. Levine - whose work Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has called "required reading for everyone interested in American culture and its history"--Takes back the debate with a powerful argument about universities, history, and American identity. Levine shows, first of all, that conservative critics of the university are both systematically wrong and ignorant of history. The canon that they claim is immutable has always been a living thing - shifting with the politics and society of the times. As recently as the late nineteenth century, the very literature the conservatives are nostalgic for was viewed as peripheral; even the president of Yale warned against the perils of studying English or American literature. The western civilization curriculum sixties liberals are accused of dismantling was out of favor before they ever became professorsand was itself the result of a government program after World War I to ensure that American values were taught in the university, not the result of politically neutral inquiry and consensus. With rigorous analysis and wonderfully entertaining storytelling, Levine shows that the new multicultural shift in American culture and education is not the result of a plot by a cabal of politically correct radical professors, but a reflection of a dynamic of social change that is uniquely American - and that is to be celebrated. Levine argues that critics' attacks mask deeper fears of a multicultural society - fears that have ties to old anxieties about immigration and a loss of American identity. Levine defends a positive picture of social change and a new vision of American identity that is inclusive, democratic, and forward-looking
Cataloging source
DLC
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Levine, Lawrence W
Dewey number
001.1/0973
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.1
LC item number
.L5372 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Rogers D. Spotswood Collection
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  • United States
  • Education, Higher
  • Educación superior
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • États-Unis
  • Education, Higher
  • Intellectual life
  • United States
  • Nationale identiteit
  • Canon
  • Universiteiten
  • Éducation
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • Universités
  • Nationalisme et éducation
  • États-Unis
  • Etats-Unis
  • Hochschule
  • Nationalbewusstsein
  • Multikulturelle Gesellschaft
  • USA
  • Hochschule
  • Multikulturelle Gesellschaft
  • Nationalbewusstsein
  • USA
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The opening of the American mind : canons, culture, and history, Lawrence W. Levine
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-201) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. A historian in wonderland. Through the looking glass. pt. 2. Learning and legitimacy. The discipline and furniture of the mind: the clash over the classical curriculum -- Looking eastward: the career of western civ -- English and American: a tale of two literatures -- Canons and culture. pt. 3. The search for American identity. From the melting pot to the pluralist vision -- The troublesome presence -- The ethnic dynamic -- Explanations -- Multiculturalism: historians, universities, and the emerging nation
Extent
1 online resource (xxiv, 212 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1035677678
Label
The opening of the American mind : canons, culture, and history, Lawrence W. Levine
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-201) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. A historian in wonderland. Through the looking glass. pt. 2. Learning and legitimacy. The discipline and furniture of the mind: the clash over the classical curriculum -- Looking eastward: the career of western civ -- English and American: a tale of two literatures -- Canons and culture. pt. 3. The search for American identity. From the melting pot to the pluralist vision -- The troublesome presence -- The ethnic dynamic -- Explanations -- Multiculturalism: historians, universities, and the emerging nation
Extent
1 online resource (xxiv, 212 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1035677678

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