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A Face Drawn in Sand: Humanistic Inquiry and Foucault in the Present

A Face Drawn in Sand: Humanistic Inquiry and Foucault in the Present (Hardback)

By Chow, Rey

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Leadership, innovation, diversity, inclusiveness, sharing, accountability-such is the resounding administrative refrain we keep hearing in the contemporary Western university. What kinds of benefits does this refrain generate? For whom? What discursive incitements undergird such ...benefits? Although there are innumerable discussions of Michel Foucault in the English-speaking academy, seldom is his work used systematically to unravel the dead ends and potentialities of humanistic inquiry as embedded in these simple but dynamic questions. Rey Chow takes up this challenge by articulating the plight of the humanities in the age of global finance and neoliberal mores through a resharpened focus on Foucault's concept outside. This general discussion is followed by a series of micro-arguments about several loosely linked topics: the biopolitics of literary study, visibilities and invisibilities, race and racism, sound/voice/listening, and confession and self-entrepreneurship. Against what she polemicizes as the moralistic-entrepreneurial norming of knowledge production, Chow foregrounds a nonutilitarian approach, stressing anew the intellectual and pedagogical objectives fundamental to humanistic inquiry: How to process, analyze, and evaluate different types of texts across languages and disciplines; how to form and sustain viable arguments; how to rethink familiar problems through less known as well as very well-known sources, figures, and methods. Above all, she asks in an abidingly humanistic spirit, how not to know all the answers before the questions have been posed.
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ISBN 9780231188364
Released NZ 9 Jul 2021
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780231188364
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Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 9 Jul 2021
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Chow, Rey
Category Literary & Linguistic Reference Works
Literature: History & Criticism
Literary Theory
Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
Philosophy Of Education
Number of Pages 232
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 15mm
Dewey Code 194
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Humanism, Foucault, Michel
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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