Loose Canons

Loose Canons : Notes on the Culture Wars

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In Loose Canons, one of America's leading literary and cultural critics, Henry Louise Gates, Jr., offers a broad, illuminating look at the highly contentious issue, of multiculturalism. Gates agrees that our world is deeply divided by nationalism, racism, and sexism, and argues that the only way to transcend these divisions - to forge a civic culture that respects both differences and similarities - is through education that respects both the diversity and commonalities of human culture. His is a plea of cultural and intercultural understanding.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 16mm | 320g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195083504
  • 9780195083507
  • 2,002,196

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"In clear language and well thought out examples Gates brings us all closer to a needed dialog."--Jean Bissonnette, Texas State Network"In the 10 pieces collected in Loose Canons, Gates, writing for the most part in a genial, conversational style, endorses multicultural education as a way of expanding social tolerance....A reformer, not a revolutionary, he wants to use the institutions that are in place, the university in particular, to further his plans for social progress....Gates the academic is more accessible than Morrison the popular novelist."--The Washington Post Book World"Should prove especially illuminating and reassuring to nonacademics."--The New York Times book Review"A good source of clear thinking and sensible reasoning on [multiculturalism]."--The Boston Globe"Gates, probably the best known and most controversial proponent of African American studies, has gathered here a group of his essays on the timely topic of multiculturalism....An excellent addition to all academic libraries and a necessary purchase for any library interested in a serious discussion of multiculturalism."--Library Journal"Lucid, stimulating, and often entertaining. Gates is one of the very few contemporary critics whose work is actually fun to absorb."--Newsday"In these incisive and readable essays, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is at once sympathetic, funny, and cautionary in making the case for cultural pluralism and the revision of the literary canon."--Gerald Graff, University of Chicago"Loose Canons is an inside job, the work of a man who has mastered the arcane politics and encoded language of the canon makers; it's an arsenal of ideas in the cultural wars. But it is also the outpouring of a humane, witty, and truly civilized mind--and that's exactly why Loose Canons strikes so hard and true."--Los Angeles Times"Witty and laced with anecdotes...these readable essays serve well as an introduction to an often daunting field."--Voice Literary Supplement""Gates...has brio, deep learning, and wit....He is also a gift to his readers and a rarity in contemporary critical circles."--Commonwealshow more

About Henry Louis Gates

Gates is the author of The Slave's Narrative (OUP, 1991), The Signifying Monkey (OUP, 1990), Figures in Black (OUP, 1990), and several books for other publishers including Assertion and Conditionals (CUP, 1985), and For Truth in Semantics (Blackwell, 1987)show more

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