In Plato's Cave

[Alvin Kernan] ✓ In Platos Cave  Download Online eBook or Kindle ePUB. In Platos Cave thoughtful and engrossing A Customer Dr. Kernan inter-twines his own memoirs with an informed and astute analysis of whats happened to the teaching of English Literature over the last half-century -- and whats happened to the students one is trying to teach. Funny, witty, and in places bitter, this book is a must for anyone who has ever attempted to teach the humanities to American college students.. A Customer said Intellectual History at its Best. If anyone wants to know what life was like i

In Plato's Cave

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Rating : 4.60 (937 Votes)
Asin : 0300082673
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
Publish Date : 2014-10-21
Language : English

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From Publishers Weekly In the process of giving readers an ebullient, sometimes mordant account of his distinguished four-decade career in academia, Kernan (The Death of Literature) also cracks wise?in both senses of the word?on the culture wars and their effects on U.S. In Kernan's opinion, curriculum changes made to satisfy minorities, women and other "special-interest pressure groups" on campus have contributed to lax educational requirements, polarized student bodies, more bureaucratic administrations and built-in grade inflation. higher education. He doesn't think much of computers, either, lamenting that, because of them, information has become prized over knowledge. And yet Kernan is not wholly reactionary and in fact shows that he has achieved an impressive perspective on the changes

thoughtful and engrossing A Customer Dr. Kernan inter-twines his own memoirs with an informed and astute analysis of what's happened to the teaching of English Literature over the last half-century -- and what's happened to the students one is trying to teach. Funny, witty, and in places bitter, this book is a must for anyone who has ever attempted to teach the humanities to American college students.. A Customer said Intellectual History at its Best. If anyone wants to know what life was like in the literary world in the second half of the twentieth century, this is the book to read. It makes the intellectual struggles of those years come vividly alive for readers. _In Plato's Cave strikes me and several of my friends, English Professors all, as the best book we have ever read about our profession.. What teaching and learning is all about. holloway@ccnet.com Sally Holloway This most delicious and passionate description of what teaching and learning is all about is an imagination grabber. I teach in a graduate program and undergraduate program in a California college and I often feel pressured to make the student's feel "good", and "not afraid". Al Kernan should be required reading for all faculty persons who believe that the democratization of the university is what is important instead of its true importan

His vividly remembered account is a unique personal story and more---it is also a history of what has been won, and lost, in the culture wars of the second half of the twentieth-century.. In this candid and delightful memoir, Alvin Kernan recalls his life as a student, professor, provost, and dean during turbulent decades of change in the hallowed halls of Columbia, Williams, Oxford, Yale, and Princeton

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