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The Phantom Public Sphere
In the recent “culture wars” over canon, curriculum, and multiculturalism, enraged voices repeatedly claim that the academy has failed in its duty to “the public.” These cries echo older charges against the schools and the media for failing to produce active, informed citizens and, more recently, against race and gender politics for dividing the body politic against itself ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 3rd 1993 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published May 1st 1993)
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For Lauren Berlant's passionate essay on "Imitation of Life," and Michael Warner's brilliant "The Mass Public and the Mass Subject," which offers a pragmatic yet dynamic argument about cultural-formation around spectacles of scandal, violence, and disaster.
Bruce Robbins is the author of Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress (NYU, 1999), The Servant’s Hand: English Fiction from Below (Columbia, 1986; Duke pb 1993) and Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, Culture (Verso, 1993). He has edited Intellectuals: Aesthetics, Politics, Academics (Minnesota, 1990) and The Phantom Public Sphere (Minnesota, 1993) and co-edited Cosmopolitics: ...moreMore about Bruce Robbins