Literature Lost by John M. Ellis
Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities

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In the span of less than a generation, university humanities departments have experienced an almost unbelievable reversal of attitudes, now attacking and undermining what had previously been considered best and most worthy in the Western tradition. John M. Ellis here scrutinizes the new regime in humanistic studies. He offers a careful, intelligent analysis that exposes the weaknesses of notions that are fashionable in humanities today. In a clear voice, with forceful logic, he speaks out against the orthodoxy that has installed race, gender, and class perspectives at the center of college humanities curricula.
 

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Ellis is professor emeritus of German literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
 
Published July 21, 1997 by Yale University Press. 270 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Ellis, the secretary of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, and an occasional writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education on political correctness, is slightly more interested in the intellectual underpinnings of literary radicals than in fracases at tenure meetings and conferences;

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Ellis, professor emeritus of German literature at the UC--Santa Cruz, begins his attack by tracing the origins of political correctness philosophy to the anti-Enlightenment views of Rousseau and the dangerous ethnic tribalism Rousseau's views unwittingly abetted.

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The New York Review of Books

More recently, the theme appears in, among other books, Literature Lost (1997), by John Ellis, a scholar of German literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz, The Rise and Fall of English (1998), by Robert Scholes, a professor at Brown, and it is reprised in Kernan’s new book, a mem...

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Project MUSE

However, the number of significant scholarly problems lagged behind the number of scholars seeking a focus for their work, which led first to an increasing amount of scholarly work on minor writers and issues, and then to the need for new scholarly agendas and methodologies.

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Precisely the failing of deconstructivists, Ellis thinks, is to take this fact too far: they wrongly think it denies us knowledge of the world altogether.

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