Paul Jay. The Humanities “Crisis” and the Future of Literary Studies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2014. 210 p. ISBN 9781137403308. $95. Perhaps it would be too harsh to label as bipolar Paul Jay’s recent scholarly book entitled The Humanities “Crisis” and the Future of Literary Studies. Nevertheless, it is telling that the author uses an “and” in the title rather than the expected colon to introduce a subtitle. Throughout the work, he continuously (and continually) balances and juxtaposes the two indicated topics. Sometimes he does so with success. The work is not bipolar, but it is a dichotomous endeavor, which often exudes rough edges in the amalgam of collected lectures that focus on two subjects that are connected only tangentially.
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