: Interdisciplinarity (The New Critical Idiom) (): Joe Moran: Books. Interdisciplinarity has 45 ratings and 2 reviews. Kasia said: read this for my intro to culture, communication and technology class- it provides a solid. Interdisciplinarity/Joe Moran. p. cm. – (The new critical idiom). 1. English literature–History and criticism–Theory, etc. 2. English literature–Study and teaching. 3.
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Back to Book Reviews Back to Cercles. Reviewed by Craig Hamilton. The appearance of Interdisciplinarity is rather timely given how fashionable noran term has become.
However, it remains as hard a term as ever to define. Publications that successfully draw together insights from different disciplines would represent a useful dialogue, while fruitless disagreements that result in bitter silence would represent a useless interaction. But to call each one a form of interdisciplinarity, as Moran might, entails thinking of interdisciplinary research as simultaneously useful and useless. This would be strange. If interdisciplinarity is attractive today, it is precisely because more often than not it proves to be fruitful rather than useless.
As Moran fully understands, nobody can offer a definition interdiciplinarity English Studies without drawing immediate criticism from one corner of the field or another. The picture Moran paints of Leavis is especially refreshing since it has become commonplace to see him simply as a curmudgeon who should no longer be taken seriously.
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Teaching students how to write is the most lucrative venture of English departments in the US, and without that business the expense of studying and teaching literature would not be met. On this view, then, one can argue that it is literature and not rhetoric that interferes with the business of the English department, but that is another argument altogether.
This is exactly what one would expect in a chapter on sociology and literature, and Moran does not disappoint despite the predictability of the story he tells here. Scepticism of English Studies fuelled the creation of Cultural Studies, and yet many now view Cultural Studies with an equally sceptical eye.
But scepticism and interdisciplinarity go hand in hand it seems, especially when interdisciplinary research has to be evaluated.
Here we find reference to the discoveries made over the last century as English Studies joined forces with linguistics, philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminism, and gender studies. While Theory may have once been the lingua franca of the human sciences, this no longer seems to be the case today for scholars disillusioned with the ability of Theory to create a more just world.
In his fourth chapter, Moran continues to discuss Theory by reviewing the keys ideas of Adorno, Foucault, and Althusser, among others.
What seems to divide the practitioners? Their political commitments, according to Moran. While British Cultural Materialists may openly engage in political activism under the guise of scholarship, American New Historicists seem to do this to a lesser extent.
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In other words, politics by other means is what Cultural Materialism seems to amount to in the UK. Throughout this book, interdisciplinarity is primarily thought of as a way of framing literary studies in general, and English Studies in particular, in relation to other humanities disciplines. This book is thus aimed primarily at readers from literature departments. In his final chapter, however, Moran uoe his focus by noting that the rise of Science Studies could suggest why interdisciplinarity remains valuable.
Readers who agree with Inteerdisciplinarity will find his book to be very useful. Others, however, might have their doubts. For example, cognitive science is only mentioned very briefly at the end of the book, even though it is arguably the best example of interdisciplinarity that has taken shape on many campuses in many countries since the s.
What is more, interdisciplinarity of this sort continues today with the rise of cognitive approaches to the study of language and literature. At the very least, it may make us reconsider our views of interdisciplinarity. Back to Book Reviews.