American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique Paperback – Sep 21 2011
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Like Kenneth Burke attempting to orient himself during the thirties, she begins empirically: "Why is everyone throwing around this label 'elitist'?" It's a matter of posing, but she is historical in her approach and precise. Parts of the book are funny, but to be honest, many academics are funny too. However, they're usually unintentionally comical. You can hear snickering behind some of these lines of text.
Liu's text is densely packed, and well worth the read. Her perspective won't suit everyone; but if it does suit you, you'll really enjoy this book. If you became an academic or went to university because you loved the arts, or just the higher-level thinking in philosophy or the humanities, but were confused when you found others there avoiding those things whenever they could, you're probably from a working-class background, an aesthete, an actual elite, or simply not a joiner.
Anyway, Liu orients us as she orients herself, and I'm a reader whose glad she did it.
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