Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siècle

Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siècle

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Contemporary celebrations of interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences often harbor a distrust of traditional disciplines, which are seen as at best narrow and unimaginative, and at worst complicit in larger forms of power and policing. Disciplinarity at the Fin de SiAucle questions these assumptions by examining, for the first time, in so sustained a manner, the rise of a select number of academic disciplines in a historical perspective. This collection of twelve essays focuses on the late Victorian era in Great Britain but also on Germany, France, and America in the same formative period. The contributors--James Buzard, Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Liah Greenfeld, John Guillory, Simon Joyce, Henrika Kuklick, Christopher Lane, Jeff Nunokawa, Arkady Plotnitsky, Ivan Strenski, Athena Vrettos, and Gauri Viswanathan--examine the genealogy of various fields including English, sociology, economics, psychology, and quantum physics. Together with the editors' cogent introduction, they challenge the story of disciplinary formation as solely one of consolidation, constraint, and ideological justification. Addressing a broad range of issues--disciplinary formations, disciplinarity and professionalism, disciplines of the self, discipline and the state, and current disciplinary debates--the book aims to dislodge what the editors call the qcomfortable pessimismq that too readily assimilates disciplines to techniques of management or control. It advances considerably the effort to more fully comprehend the complex legacy of the human sciences.A Psychological Study (London: C. K. Paul, 1881); and George Henry Lewes, Problems of Life and Mind, 3rd sen, vol. 12 (Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1880). 12. Crichton-Browne, aquot;Dreamy Mental States, aquot; 2. 13. Ibid., 75. 14. Havelock Ellis, aquot;Aanbsp;...

Title:Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siècle
Author:Joseph Valente
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2002


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