Conspiring with Forms

Conspiring with Forms

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Breaking the silence on a number of sacrosanct aspects of higher educationa€”and now and then raising the clamor about some highly politicized issuesa€”Conspiring with Forms is a critique of both the academy and the discourse concerning its purposes and direction. Academic life is embedded among forms, says Terry P. Caesar. It is a milieu of customs and conventions, practices and pretenses, all bursting with implications and hidden costs for the mainly mute and complicitous scholars who perpetuate them. Many of these forms are textsa€”proposals, letters of application and recommendation, dissertations, freshman composition themes, and prefaces and acknowledgments in books. It is impossible, Caesar says, to be an academic and not produce them or, more important, be produced by them. To discuss these texts, Caesar combines theoretical sophistication with subjective depth and a measure of urbane wit. Essentially, he turns some of the techniques of contemporary theory and criticism back onto the system from which they evolved. At the same time, he draws on his personal experiences, supplemented with excerpts from actual texts of his own and others.PREFACE I Dona#39;t Know when I became aware, writing these essays, that I was writing about myself. The one on dissertations I wrote years before the rest. Later I revised and enlarged it into something, no matter how personal, that I intendedanbsp;...

Title:Conspiring with Forms
Author:Terry Caesar
Publisher:University of Georgia Press - 2010-12-01


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