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The Humanities and the Dynamics of Inclusion since World War II

edited by David A. Hollinger

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The role played by the humanities in reconciling American diversity—a diversity of both ideas and peoples—is not always appreciated. This volume of essays, commissioned by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, examines that role in the half century after World War II, when exceptional prosperity and population growth, coupled with America's expanded political interaction with the world abroad, presented American higher education with unprecedented challenges and opportunities. The humanities proved to be the site for important efforts to incorporate groups and doctrines that had once been...

The role played by the humanities in reconciling American diversity—a diversity of both ideas and peoples—is not always appreciated. This volume of essays, commissioned by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, examines that role in the half century after World War II, when exceptional prosperity and population growth, coupled with America's expanded political interaction with the world abroad, presented American higher education with unprecedented challenges and opportunities. The humanities proved to be the site for important efforts to incorporate groups and doctrines that had once been excluded from the American cultural conversation.

Edited and introduced by David Hollinger, this volume explores the interaction between the humanities and demographic changes in the university, including the link between external changes and the rise of new academic specializations in area and other interdisciplinary studies.

This volume analyzes the evolution of humanities disciplines and institutions, examines the conditions and intellectual climate in which they operate, and assesses the role and value of the humanities in society.

Contents:
John Guillory, "Who's Afraid of Marcel Proust? The Failure of General Education in the American University"
Roger L. Geiger, "Demography and Curriculum: The Humanities in American Higher Education from the 1950s through the 1980s"
Joan Shelley Rubin, "The Scholar and the World: Academic Humanists and General Readers"
Martin Jay, "The Ambivalent Virtues of Mendacity: How Europeans Taught (Some of Us) to Learn to Love the Lies of Politics"
James T. Kloppenberg, "The Place of Value in a Culture of Facts: Truth and Historicism"
Bruce Kuklick, "Philosophy and Inclusion in the United States, 1929–2001"
John T. McGreevy, "Catholics, Catholicism, and the Humanities, 1945–1985"
Jonathan Scott Holloway, "The Black Scholar, the Humanities, and the Politics of Racial Knowledge Since 1945"
Rosalind Rosenberg, "Women in the Humanities: Taking Their Place"
Leila Zenderland, "American Studies and the Expansion of the Humanities"
David C. Engerman, "The Ironies of the Iron Curtain: The Cold War and the Rise of Russian Studies"
Andrew E. Barshay, "What is Japan to Us"?
Rolena Adorno, "Havana and Macondo: The Humanities Side of U.S. Latin American Studies, 1940–2000"

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Academia and the Question of a Common Culture
Chapter 1. Who's Afraid of Marcel Proust? The Failure of General Education in the American University
Chapter 2. Demography and

Introduction
Part I: Academia and the Question of a Common Culture
Chapter 1. Who's Afraid of Marcel Proust? The Failure of General Education in the American University
Chapter 2. Demography and Curriculum: The Humanities in American Higher Education from the 1950s through the 1980s
Chapter 3. The Scholar and the World: Academic Humanists and GeneralReaders in Postwar America
Part II: European Movements against the American Grain?
Chapter 4. The Ambivalent Virtues of Mendacity: How Europeans Taught (Some of ) Us to Learn to Love the Lies of Politics
Chapter 5. The Place of Value in a Culture of Facts: Truth and Historicism
Chapter 6. Philosophy and Inclusion in the United States, 1929–2001
Part III: Social Inclusion
Chapter 7. Catholics, Catholicism, and the Humanities since World War II
Chapter 8. The Black Scholar, the Humanities, and the Politics of Racial Knowledge since 1945
Chapter 9. Women in the Humanities: Taking Their Place
Part IV: Area Studies at Home and Abroad
Chapter 10. Constructing American Studies: Culture, Identity, and the Expansion of the Humanities
Chapter 11. The Ironies of the Iron Curtain: The Cold War and the Rise of Russian Studies
Chapter 12. What Is Japan to Us?
Chapter 13. Havana and Macondo: The Humanities in U.S. Latin American Studies, 1940–2000
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Index

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David A. Hollinger

David A. Hollinger is Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History at the University of California, Berkeley and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.