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ERIC Number: ED346506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 11
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Cultural Studies and the Limits of Self-Reflexivity.
Knapp, James F.
Among the changes that have characterized English studies over the past 25 years is an increase in self-reflection. The rise of various kinds of writing collectively labeled "theory" has influenced this move to scrutinize actions and motives. Composition studies have developed classroom strategies for asking students to reflect on their own writing and reading practices. With the advent of cultural studies, students are urged to identify previously hidden assumptions and structures, fostering a hermeneutic of suspicion. A challenge facing English departments is how to incorporate serious historical study without sacrificing the valuable advances of recent years. A strong movement beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries has accelerated, alarming those on the political right. Of real concern, however, is how students negotiate their graduate programs in the face of such numerous options and strong political debate. Some students are dealing with the situation by seizing on a self-reflexivity that minimizes historical facts. Departmental leaders must insist that cultural analysis requires erudition. One strategy for limiting a field of study is a doctoral examination consisting of an area chosen by the student together with a faculty committee. The committee insures that a study of the social construction of AIDS, for instance, should be historicized by considering earlier representations of the disease. The loss of historical memory is a very real danger for graduate students today, but history remains an inescapable resource in cultural studies. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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