Wednesday, 22 March 2000

From "Poetics"

By Keston Sutherland.

If professional thinkers are to take seriously the project of criticising the institutional contexts of their own production, what will surely be indispensible is some notion of the totality of those contexts, however cautiously admitted. Recent developments in the practice of interdisciplinary scholarship and criticism, for example, will be to some extent misapprehended unless they can be seen in the economic context of a specifically research-institutional history of disciplines, which is of course a history not just of ideas belonging to disciplines but of careers belonging to departments; and if this is obviously true for interdisciplinary practice and for the status of professional methodology in general, it is no less true for the most basic terms and concepts of criticism.

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