After the Humanities

Marjorie Garber

in Loaded Words

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242047
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823242085 | DOI:
After the Humanities

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Since the sixteenth century, the humanities have been considered as the branch of “learning or literature concerned with human culture,” and have been under persistent critique from some quarters for two mutually paradoxical reasons. First, they are not relevant to present-day concerns. Second, their interest in relevancy devalues traditional works and approaches. How have changes in the structure and content of higher education, and, indeed, the goals and strategies of universities and colleges, affected the standing and nature of the humanities? What is the relation of the humanities today to the sciences, the social sciences, or the creative arts? What comes after the humanities—both within university culture, and in the professional, social, and political world? This chapter addresses the third question—What comes after the humanities?—by discussing the humanities as cultural accessory, the humanities center as symptom, and collaborative work and the new humanities—the humanities, so to speak, after the humanities.

Keywords: humanities; higher education; social sciences; universities; cultural accessory; humanities center; collaborative work

Chapter.  10095 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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