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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Berube  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: New York

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Taught at the University of Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Berube teaches American literature, cultural studies, and disability studies at Penn State University.

Published Works

  • Marginal Forces/Cultural Centers: Tolson, Pynchon, and the Politics of the Canon, Cornell University Press, 1992
  • Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics, Verso, 1994
  • Life As We Know It, Knopf Publishing, 1996
  • The Employment of English: Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies, New York University Press, 1998
  • Rhetorical Occasions, University of North Carolina Press, 2006
  • What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts, W.W. Norton, 2006
  • The Left at War'', NYU Press, 2009

Selected Titles At Your Library

Fictions of authority :
ISBN: 0801499216. OCLC Number:

Cornell University Press,. Ithaca :. 1992.

Public access :
ISBN: 0860916782. OCLC Number:

Verso,. London ;. 1994.

Life as we know it :
ISBN: 0679758666. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1998, ©1996.

"When James Berube was born in 1991 his parents knew little about Down syndrome other than that it would render their child "disabled." As they sought to understand exactly what this would mean, they learned not only about the current medical and social treatment of developmental disabilities, but also about the history of how society has understood - and failed to understand - children like James."--BOOK JACKET. "In telling the story of his son's development during the crucial first four years of life - learning to walk and talk, to move into the world and the lives of those around him - Michael Berube engages the charged issues that each stage of James's growth leads into: I.Q. testing, the politics of education, disability law, social services, health care, and entitlements. Framing these issues is the larger debate, which Berube brilliantly illuminates, over concepts such as social justice, what it means to be human, and, ultimately, what kind of society we value and by what means we determine it. James's story is at the heart of this debate."--Jacket.

The employment of English :
ISBN: 0814713017. OCLC Number:

New York University Press,. New York :. ©1998.

Rhetorical occasions :
ISBN: 0807857777. OCLC Number:

University of North Carolina Press,. Chapel Hill :. ©2006.

Collects twenty-four of the author's major essays and reviews, as well as a sampling of entries on literary theory and contemporary culture from his award-winning weblog. This work offers an array of interventions into matters - academic and nonacademic.

What's liberal about the liberal arts? :
ISBN: 0393330702. OCLC Number:

W W Norton & Co Inc,. New York :. 2007.

The left at war /
ISBN: 0814799841. OCLC Number:

New York University Press,. New York :. ©2009.

"The terrorist attacks of 9/11 and Bush's belligerent response fractured the American left - partly by putting pressure on little-noticed fissures that had appeared a decade earlier." "In a survey of the post-9/11 landscape, Michael Berube revisits and reinterprets the major intellectual conflicts and key players of the last two decades, covering the terrain of left debates in the US over foreign policy from the Balkans to 9/11 to Iraq, and over domestic policy from the culture wars of the 1990s to the question of what (if anything) is the matter with Kansas. He identifies two major camps in the left and lays out how their distinct and increasingly entrenched positions have redefined progressive politics." "The Left of War brings the history of cultural studies to bear on the present crisis - a history now trivialized to the point at which few left intellectuals have any sense that merely "cultural" studies could have something substantial to offer to the world of international relations, debates over sovereignty and humanitarian intervention, matters of war and peace. The surprising results reveal an American left that is overly fond of a form of "countercultural" politics in which popular success is understood as a sign of political failure and political marginality is understood as a sign of moral virtue." "The Left at War insists that in contrast to American countercultural traditions, the geopolitical history of cultural studies has much to teach us about internationalism - for "in order to think globally, we need to think culturally, and in order to understand cultural conflict, we need to think globally." At a time when America finds itself at a critical crossroads, The Left of War is an indispensable guide to the divisions tearing the left apart."--Jacket.



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