The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope

Edited by Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam
With a foreword by John Polanyi

© 2013

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope brings together a number of winners of the Polanyi Prize in Literature – a group whose research constitutes a diversity of methodological approaches to the study of culture – to examine the rich but often troubled association between the concepts of the public, the intellectual (both the person and the condition), culture, and hope. The contributors probe the influence of intellectual life on the public sphere by reflecting on, analyzing, and re-imagining social and cultural identity.

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope reflects on the challenging and often vexed work of intellectualism within the public sphere by exploring how cultural materials – from foundational Enlightenment writings to contemporary, populist media spectacles – frame intellectual debates within the clear and ever-present gaze of the public writ large. These serve to illuminate how past cultures can shed light on present and future issues, as well as how current debates can reframe our approaches to older subjects.

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  • Page Count: 304 pages
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The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope reflects on the challenging and often vexed work of intellectualism within the public sphere by exploring how cultural materials frame intellectual debates within the clear and ever-present gaze of the public writ large.

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope

Edited by Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam
With a foreword by John Polanyi

© 2013

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope brings together a number of winners of the Polanyi Prize in Literature – a group whose research constitutes a diversity of methodological approaches to the study of culture – to examine the rich but often troubled association between the concepts of the public, the intellectual (both the person and the condition), culture, and hope. The contributors probe the influence of intellectual life on the public sphere by reflecting on, analyzing, and re-imagining social and cultural identity.

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope reflects on the challenging and often vexed work of intellectualism within the public sphere by exploring how cultural materials – from foundational Enlightenment writings to contemporary, populist media spectacles – frame intellectual debates within the clear and ever-present gaze of the public writ large. These serve to illuminate how past cultures can shed light on present and future issues, as well as how current debates can reframe our approaches to older subjects.

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Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Illustrations: 3
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    “Focused on the troubled and animated discourse networks of culture, hope, and public intellectualism, this collection of essays by Polanyi Prize–winning scholars sets a new benchmark for the excellence and promise of humanities scholarship. Following Dr Polanyi’s ‘commitment to both research and social action as they epitomize the scholar as citizen,’ the editors have marshalled a series of essays by some of Canada’s most outstanding scholars that consider that task from a wide variety of perspectives and in a fully critical and self-conscious manner.”


    Michael O’Driscoll, Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta
  • Author Information

    Joel Faflak is Professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies and Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University.


    Jason Haslam is an associate professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Foreword (John Polanyi, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry)

    Introduction: Public Hopes (Joel Faflak: University of Western Ontario, English and Jason Haslam: Dalhousie University, English)

    Part One: Public Readings

    1. “Maga-Scenes: Performing Periodical Literature in the 1820s”
    (Angela Esterhammer: Principal of Victoria College, Professor of English, University of Toronto)

    2. “‘A Wicked Whisper’: Censorship and Affect in Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere’”
    (Julia M. Wright: Dalhousie University, English)

    3. “Sense and Sensibility: Anatomies of Hope in Romantic-Century Medical Pedagogy”
    (James Allard: Brock University, English Language and Literature)

    4. “‘I know the difference between what I see and what I only want to see’:Remembering India’s Partition through Children in Cracking India
    (Nandi Bhatia: University of Western Ontario, English)

    Part Two: Public Performances

    5. “Margaret Cavendish’s Civilizing Songs”
    (Katherine R. Larson: University of Toronto, English)

    6. “Get Happy! American Film Musicals and the Political Technology of Utopianism”
    (Joel Faflak: University of Western Ontario, English)

    7. “To Be (Or Not To Be): Ernst Lubitsch’s Irrepressible Theatrical Liberalism”
    (Andrea Most: University of Toronto, English, American Literature and Jewish Studies)

    8. “Inglourious Criticism, Basterd Fantasies: Rancière, Tarantino and the Intellectual Spectacle of Hope”
    (Jason Haslam: Dalhousie University, English)

    Part Three: Public Matters

    9. “Beyond the Book: Reading as Public Intellectual Activity”
    (Daniel Coleman: McMaster University, English and Cultural Studies)

    10. “The Political Nature of Things: David Suzuki and the Canadian Public”
    (Imre Szeman: University of Alberta, English and Film Studies)

    11. “The Immaterial Matters”
    (R. Darren Gobert: York University, English)

    12. “Higher Education and the End(s) of Time”
    (Patrick Deane: President and vice-chancellor of McMaster University)

    List of Contributors

    Index

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