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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (August 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791446808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791446805
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,826,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter C. Herman is Associate Professor of English at San Diego State University. He is the author and editor of several books, including Squitter-Wits and Muse-Haters: Sidney, Spenser, Milton, and Renaissance Antipoetic Sentiment, and Rethinking the Henrician Era: New Essays on Early Tudor Texts and Contexts. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Risa Gorelick on February 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
The collection of thirteen essays edited by Peter C. Herman in Day Late, Dollar Short:The Next Generation and the New Academy is bound to become required reading for graduate students in English studies. The closely woven together essays embark on devising a better understanding of what Jeffrey Williams coins the "Posttheory Generation," which he defines as "the generation of intellectual workers who have entered the literary field and attained professional positions in the late 1980s and through the 1990s" (25). The members of this generation did not receive their theory first-hand, but rather "received the various approaches and epistemologies signified by the shorthand term Theory, second-, if not thirdhand. Theory is something we . . . are taught in graduate school, not something that we discovered for ourselves as its originary moment" (Herman 1). The scholars in this book find "most of the next generation has uncritically and unproblematically accepted these theoretical paradigms" and base the reasoning for accepting such theories without question on the uncertain job market that lies ahead for these Posttheory academics (2). Herman finds there is an "increasing, if subtle, pressure to write not what we feel, but what we thing we ought to say," so we may land a decent (e.g. tenure-track) job and an acceptable (e.g. research-based) institution with a livable e.g. (less than 4/4)teaching load in an ever-increasingly difficult job market where the corporatization of the academy is pushing the envelope on its members' academic freedom (4). Much of what the book states is not good news. The Next Generation has a bumpy road ahead of itself for those who seek employment in the New Academy.Read more ›
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