Beyond Modernism and Postmodernism: Essays on the Politics of Culture

Beyond Modernism and Postmodernism: Essays on the Politics of Culture

by Maurice R. Berube


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Berube examines the political matrix of intellectual and cultural America. In a wide-ranging series of essays from the rise of the postmodern intellectual to a modernist appreciation of the spiritual quality of the paintings of Jackson Pollock, Berube stakes out his claim that all areas of human endeavor are rooted in a politics of culture.

The essay collection is divided into three sections: The first two essays deal with the postmodern intellectual and the corporate university; the second section plumbs the depth of a conservative school reform movement and asks whether we have not reached an end to education reform. The last section contains essays pertaining to precarious state of arts education in the schools, reflections on a modernist literary canon, the contribution of Pollock and plumbing alternative views of Jesus as the penultimate revolutionary. Of particular interest to scholars, students, and other researchers involved with cultural studies and education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897898058
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2001
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

MAURICE R. BERUBE is Eminent Scholar of Education at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author, co-author, or editor of nine earlier books, including Eminent Educators (Greenwood Press, 2000) and American School Reform (Praeger, 1994).

Table of Contents


The Rise of the Postmodern Intellectual

The Socially Conscious University


The Education of Diane Ravitch

The Politics of School Reform

The Politics of National Standards

The Post-Millenium Blues: Is it "The End of Knowledge," Too?

A Teacher's Legacy


Arts and Education

His Greatest Paintings Produce a "Spiritual Calm"-One that Jackson Pollock was Never Able to Share

A Postmodern Jesus

Reflections on a Modernist Canon

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