The Year's Work in Nerds, Wonks, and Neocons

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Description

What happens when math nerds, band and theater geeks, goths, sci-fi fanatics, Young Republican debate poindexters, techies, Trekkies, D&D players, wallflowers, bookworms, and RPG players grow up? And what can they tell us about the life of the mind in the contemporary United States? With #GamerGate in the national news, shows like The Big Bang Theory on ever-increasing numbers of screens, and Peter Orzsag and Paul Ryan on magazine covers, it is clear that nerds, policy wonks, and neoconservatives play a major role in today's popular culture in America. The Year's Work in Nerds, Wonks, and Neocons delves into subcultures of intellectual history to explore their influence on contemporary American intellectual life. Not limiting themselves to describing how individuals are depicted, the authors consider the intellectual endeavors these depictions have come to represent, exploring many models and practices of learnedness, reflection, knowledge production, and opinion in the contemporary world. As teachers, researchers, and university scholars continue to struggle for mainstream visibility, this book illuminates the other forms of intellectual excitement that have emerged alongside them and found ways to survive and even thrive in the face of dismissal or contempt.

Product Details

Price
$35.00
Publisher
Indiana University Press
Publish Date
April 17, 2017
Pages
378
Dimensions
6.0 X 1.0 X 7.0 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780253026828
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About the Author

Jonathan P. Eburne is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Penn State. He is author of Surrealism and the Art of Crime and editor (with Judith Roof) of The Year's Work in the Oddball Archive.Benjamin Schreier is Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies and Lea P. and Malvin E. Bank Early Career Professor of Jewish Studies at Penn State University. He is author of The Power of Negative Thinking: Cynicism and the History of Modern American Literature and The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History.