James Bono, Tim Dean & Ewa Plonowska Ziarek (eds) (2008), A Time for the Humanities: Futurity and the Limits of Autonomy, Fordham University Press, New York.
University of Manchester
A Time for the Humanities: Futurity and the Limits of Autonomy provides a rare instance in which a set of excellent essays are at odds with the stated goals of the editors. Despite the attempts of the introduction to link all twelve inclusions underneath a broad remit considering the concepts of time, autonomy and the Humanities, the disjunction between these goals and the precise examinations of specific analytic objects in the individual essays proves too unwieldy for the limited presence of the editors. This schism ultimately leads to a confusion over what we are trying to save (if anything) and how we are trying to save it, possibly performing the very conditions which the collection suggests are currently undermining the Humanities’ legitimacy.
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