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The Public Intellectual

The Public Intellectual

Helen Small (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-23197-4

Sep 2002, Wiley-Blackwell

248 pages

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New essays by prestigious thinkers such as Edward Said, Bruce Robbins, Jacqueline Rose, and Stefan Collini on the public role of writers and intellectuals.
List of Contributors.


Introduction (Helen Small).

1. The Public Role of Writers and Intellectuals (Edward W. Said).

2. Pre-modern Intellectual Biography (Rita Copeland).

3. Humanism, Slavery, and the Republic of Letters (David Wallace).

4. Hamlet the Intellectual (Margreta de Grazia).

5. Deaths of the Intellectual: A Comparative Autopsy (Jeremy Jennings).

6. New Art, Old Masters, and Masked Passions (Linda S. Kauffman).

7. Apathy and Accountability: The Challenge of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission to the Intellectual in the Modern World (Jacqueline Rose).

8. The Sweatshop Sublime (Bruce Robbins).

9. "Every Fruit-Juice Drinker, Nudist, Sandal-Wearer…": Intellectuals as Other People (Stefan Collini).


"[...]this is a fascinating, engaging example of the fecundity of the human intellect." Library Journal

  • Responds critically to recent concerns about a decline in public intellectual life.

  • Includes contributions from prestigious thinkers, such as Edward Said, Bruce Robbins, Jacqueline Rose, and Stefan Collini.

  • Substantially extends the historical focus of writing about intellectuals.