Questions for cultural politics
Subject to change : teaching literature in the nineties
At a recent panel discussion on English Studies today, a question was raised regarding the much-discussed crisis in the discipline and for whom it indeed was a crisis. From the responses of students and some junior faculty, it could be seen that it was certainly not a crisis for them, or rather that it was not how they would name, from their perspective, the palpable disturbance in English Literature departments which they were instrumental in fomenting. Where was the crisis when questions were clearly being opened up rather than foreclosed? "Crisis" is not a description proposed by the established interests in English either, since they are adamant in the belief that nothing has changed and all aberrations will be taken care of. What is happening, then, is a persistent naming of a situation for those refusing to acknowledge it, by those who have something at stake in aggravating it. The naming is intended to "implicate", to investigate whose crisis it is anyway, to demand a recognition that indeed it cannot be business as usual any more.
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ISBN of the source publication: 9788125013457
Niranjana, T. (1998). Questions for cultural politics. In S. Tharu (Ed.), Subject to change: Teaching literature in the nineties (pp. 125-133). New Delhi: Orient Longman.