University Teachers of English and the New Humanities
This paper argues that the pursuit of knowledge in the departments of humanities is faced with unprecedented crisis. The crisis emanates from the emergence of a new world order wherein the very idea of a human is questioned. Late capitalism promotes the creation of wealth for its own sake, the advancements in technology and science sketch narrow definitions of knowledge within the confines of objectivity and verifiability, and the whole idea of democracy is reduced to the manipulations of narratives. The study of English literature in India too is faced with this crisis. In this paper, an attempt is made to redefine and reformulate the role of humanities to face the challenges of the emerging world order.
KeywordsNew humanities Pluralism Truth Interdisciplinarity Curriculum design
- Aldama, F. L. (2008). Why the humanities matter: A commonsense approach. Austin: University of Texas Press.Google Scholar
- Crane, R. S. (1967). The idea of the humanities. The idea of the humanities and other essays, critical and historical. Chicago: Chicago University Press.Google Scholar
- Eakin, E. (2003, April 19). The latest theory is that theory doesn’t matter. The New York Times. Accessed from: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/19/books/the-latest-theory-is-that-theory-doesn-t-matter.html. Accessed 15 Oct 2016.
- Gramsci, A. (1989). The intellectuals. Selections from the prison notebooks. In R. S. Gottlieb (Ed.), An anthology of western Marxism: From Lukacs and Gramsci to socialist feminism (pp. 112–144). New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
- Habermas, J. (1991). The structural transformation of the public sphere: An inquiry into a category of bourgeois society (T. Burger & F. Lawrence, Trans.). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. (Original work published 1962).Google Scholar
- Hall, G., & Birchall, C. (Eds.). (2009). New cultural studies: Adventures in theory. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan.Google Scholar
- Hobsbawm, E. (2013). Fractured times: Culture and society in the twentieth century. London: Little Brown Book Group.Google Scholar
- Moyers, B. D., & Flowers, B. S. (Eds.). (1989). A world of ideas: Conversations with thoughtful men and women about American life today and ideas shaping our future. New York: Doubleday.Google Scholar
- Singh, A. K. (2010). Towards interdisciplinarity: (The) University, humanities, social sciences and interdisciplinary studies in the 21st century. New Delhi: Creative Books.Google Scholar
- Singh, P. K. (2015a). Notes of resistance and reconciliation in the poetry of Edwin Thumboo, Random thoughts: Essays in criticism (pp. 73–82). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.Google Scholar
- Singh, P. K. (2015b). The Buddhist vision in English literature. Random thoughts: Essays in criticism (pp. 97–106). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.Google Scholar
- Snow, C. P. (1998). The two cultures. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139196949.
- Watt, D. (Ed.). (1975). Aldous Huxley: The critical heritage. London: Routledge.Google Scholar