Race, Rhetoric, and the Postcolonial

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Race, Rhetoric, and the Postcolonial brings together six scholarly interviews with internationally renowned intellectuals outside of rhetoric and composition whose work has direct implications for scholarship within the discipline. Included are interviews with postcolonial theorist Homi Bhabha, postcolonial feminist and race theorist Gloria Anzaldúa, African American race scholar Michael Eric Dyson, British cultural studies scholar Stuart Hall, Argentinean political theorist Ernesto Laclau, and French philosopher Chantal Mouffe.
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At the University of South Florida, Gary Olson and Lynn Worsham are Professors of English. Most recently, Olson is the coeditor (with Todd W. Taylor) of Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition, also published by SUNY Press, and Worsham is coeditor (with Susan Jarratt) of Feminism and Composition Studies: In Other Words.

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SUNY Press
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259
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9781438415093
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English
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Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

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Drawing on more than three decades of experience as a scholar, teacher, and administrator, Gary A. Olson, a keen observer of higher education and a monthly columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education, explores the intricacies of life in academe. These meditations, which appeared as columns in the Chronicle over a six-year span, explore a rich tapestry of subjects from the craft of academic administration to how institutions are reforming their operations. Also included are topics germane to faculty and their work, such as how to network within your discipline, how to report faculty accomplishments accurately, how to navigate the tenure and promotion system, and how to create a culture of recognition and reward for faculty, staff, and students.

Many academics become preoccupied with the intricacies of their own disciplines and are not always cognizant of how other parts of their institutions work. Most go through their careers with an incomplete (and in some cases completely wrong) understanding of many aspects of academic life. Olson’s essays shed light on the complex workings of our academic institutions and provide answers to important questions about the modern university: What are the limits of academic freedom? Exactly what is “shared governance?” Why are many universities reorganizing their academic units? What are successful ways to recruit first-rate faculty and staff? Witty, incisive, and entertaining, this book is for anyone interested in academic life and a must read for new professors and new administrators.
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