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The opening of the American mind : canons, culture, and history

Author: Lawrence W Levine; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©1996.
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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  Read more...
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Levine, Lawrence W.
Opening of the American mind.
Boston : Beacon Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605399609
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence W Levine; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
ISBN: 0807031186 9780807031186 0807031194 9780807031193
OCLC Number: 34411019
Description: xxiv, 212 pages ; 24 cm
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.
Responsibility: Lawrence W. Levine.

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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.

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