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11 August 2006


Mary Anne Mohanraj

You're not worrying too much. This awareness is critical; it should be underlying everyone's teaching, in a very marked and present way.

And it is, of course, so easy to forget.


This is a really great post! As I see it, the "parallel narratives" problem you describe is symptomatic (perhaps the main symptom) of the larger problems of the modern academy: too much focus on hyper-specialized areas of expertise, to the neglect of sustained work (especially collaboration) for creating more accurate and robust grand narratives; and a lack of engagement with mass culture (where conflicting narratives will naturally have to engage with each other, hopefully to the enrichment of all involved).

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