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Remapping the Humanities

Identity, Community, Memory, (Post)Modernity

edited by Heidi Gottfried, Mary Garrett, and Sandra VanBurkleointroduction by Heidi Gottfried, Mary Garrett, and Sandra VanBurkleo

By WSU Faculty, Education

Published: January 2008
ISBN: 9780814333693
Pages: 276 Size: 7 x 10
Illustrations: 15 b&w illus.

“…The papers in this volume exemplify interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and therefore comprise a suitable commemoration of the Center's work during its first decade.”

— Walter Edwards

Remapping the Humanities celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Wayne State University Humanities Center by bringing together essays that illustrate the richness of public conversations developed in interdisciplinary humanities centers. The contributors to this collection represent more than a dozen disciplines—including philosophy, English, political science, history, law, comparative literature, and Spanish—and, taken together, their essays illustrate an ongoing remapping of the intellectual landscape as scholars from across university departments engage one another in unpredictable ways.

This volume is divided into four thematic sections: Identity and Community, Remembering and Forgetting, Nationalism and Globalism, and Toward (Post)Modernity. Yet the essays deliberately represent a range of theoretical perspectives that interact synergistically, such as feminism and postcolonial studies, or literary criticism and art history. They also tackle topics as varied as the formation of the modern family in France and the inculcation of civic virtue in American cities, and they draw freely from different sources of evidence like newspaper accounts, popular literature, paintings, and diaries. Remapping the Humanities includes unique touches such as a portfolio of full-color images and an audio CD of Celtic-inspired jazz. In addition, a preface by Walter Edwards, academic director of the Humanities Center at Wayne State University, gives some background on this institution and the work being done there.

The importance of Remapping the Humanities ultimately lies in its refusal to say that learning has ended and the example it provides of the value of calculated ferment and intellectual instability. Educators involved with or wanting to learn more about interdisciplinary research will appreciate this unique collection.

Mary Garrett is associate professor of communication at Wayne State University.Heidi Gottfried is associate professor of urban and labor studies and sociology at Wayne State University.Sandra F. VanBurkleo is associate professor of history at Wayne State University.

Contributors Include:
Philip Abbott, Robert D. Aguirre, Chris Collins, Jorgelina Corbatta, John Corvino, Anne E. Duggan, Gwen Gorzelsky, Christopher H. Johnson, Donna Landry, Gerald Maclean, Jim Nawara, Brad R. Roth, Fran Shor, Robert Strozier, Anca Vlasopolos, Lisa Vollendorf

Making the first decade of the Wayne State University Humanities Center, this useful book celebrates the humanities centers of US higher education, which are dedicated to intensive interdisciplinary teaching and research."

– Choice

Remapping the Humanities documents changing trajectories of scholarship among Wayne State University faculty, situating them within a wider set of cross-fertilizations reshaping the boundaries of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. The contemporary understandings of history, culture, and language in this collection are remaking approaches to textuality, visuality, and aurality while expanding postmodern critical studies of identity, community, and gender."

– Julie Thompson Klein, professor of humanities in Interdisciplinary studies/English at Wayne State University and author of Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity: The Changing American Academy and Crossing Boundaries: Knowledge, Disciplinarities, and Interdisciplinar

The Humanities Center was established in 1993 to do nothing less than to revolutionize the thinking of Wayne State University humanists about the landscape, connections, scope, and worldview of humanistic disciplines... The papers in this volume exemplify interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and therefore comprise a suitable commemoration of the Center's work during its first decade.

– Walter Edwards