silviacolasanti.it
» » In Plato's Cave

Download In Plato's Cave fb2, epub

by Professor Alvin Kernan

Download In Plato's Cave fb2, epub

ISBN: 0300075898
Author: Professor Alvin Kernan
Language: English
Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (February 8, 1999)
Pages: 330
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 206
Size Fb2: 1186 kb
Size ePub: 1536 kb
Size Djvu: 1994 kb
Other formats: mbr lit lrf doc


In Plato's Cave has been added to your Cart In 1939 Alvin Kernan was an impoverished high school graduate in a town of 650 inhabitants in Wyoming.

In Plato's Cave has been added to your Cart. In 1939 Alvin Kernan was an impoverished high school graduate in a town of 650 inhabitants in Wyoming.

In Plato's Cave book. In this delightful and candid memoir, Alvin Kernan recalls his life as a student, professor, provost, and dean during a distinguished career in some of higher education’s most hallowed halls. In this delightful and candid memoir, Alvin Kernan recalls his life. With his customary wit and insight, Kernan recounts his experiences at Columbia, Williams, Oxford, Yale, and Princeton in the company of an array of fascinating colleagues.

In this delightful and candid memoir, Alvin Kernan recalls his life as a student, professor, provost, and dean during a distinguished career in some of higher education's most hallowed halls.

In Plato's Cave Alvin Kernan. As student, professor, and administrator, Alvin Kernan witnessed and participated in the major ideological movements and power struggles that have agitated and finally transformed the university. With its striking qualities of clarity and candor, Kernan?s book is a record not only of a highly distinguished career but of the extraordinary developments during that career in some of the most distinguished of American university departments of literature. This is an important book.

In his memoir, In Plato’s Cave, Professor Kernan points out that despite . In Plato’s Cave is a wonderful book.

In his memoir, In Plato’s Cave, Professor Kernan points out that despite universities’ tendency to claim ‘that the torch of scientific humanism has passed without a flicker from the Greeks to the present,’ higher education has in fact gone through several incarnations. Liz Marlantes, Christian Science Monitor. An intoxicating blend of personal anecdote and the history of English studies. The author makes the reader smile and think. Robert W. Uler, J. Perspectives in Religious Studies. Also of Interest More from this Author.

I just finished reading today the book In Plato’s Cave by Alvin Kernan (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999)

I just finished reading today the book In Plato’s Cave by Alvin Kernan (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999)  . I just finished reading today the book In Plato’s Cave by Alvin Kernan (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999). Kernan, born in 1923, was a Professor of English Literature specializing in the Renaissance period. He first studied at Columbia University in 1944, where his education was free with a monthly allowance as a returned serviceman under the .

by. Kernan, Alvin B. Publication date. Kernan, Alvin B, Kernan, Alvin B. (Alvin Bernard), Education, Higher, Educators, Education, Higher, Universiteiten,. New Haven : Yale University Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by MerciG on December 1, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

Shaped by books and teachers but most of all by experience, Kernan's sense of reality evolved over a career that witnessed "seismic changes in American higher education. At the start of his journey, university administrations ruled by fiat, and their faculties assumed the existence of an objective, discoverable truth.

By (author) Alvin B. Kernan. In this candid and delightful memoir, Alvin Kernan recalls his life as a student, professor, provost, and dean during turbulent decades of change in the hallowed halls of Columbia, Williams, Oxford, Yale, and Princeton. With its striking qualities of clarity and candor, Kernan's book is a record not only of a highly distinguished career but of the extraordinary developments during that career in some of the most distinguished American university departments of literature.

Plato's Cave is a memoir-perhaps "reflection" is more in keeping with the .

Plato's Cave is a memoir-perhaps "reflection" is more in keeping with the title-of an Ivy Leaguer who has seen the elite of American universities in better times, and who has the skill to reveal this truth in the fullness of its tragic and its comedic phases. Kernan, now retired from the university duties of an English professor and administrator at both Yale and Princeton, infuses a half century of insights into higher education with wry and wise critique. Words point to things.

In this candid and delightful memoir, Alvin Kernan recalls his life as a student, professor, provost, and dean during turbulent decades of change in the hallowed halls of Columbia, Williams, Oxford, Yale, and Princeton. His vividly remembered account is a unique personal story and more-it is also a history of what has been won, and lost, in the culture wars of the second half of the twentieth century.

Comments:

Waiso
Good book! Just finished it and I like the style. Unfortunate what our schools have gone through since the 1940s. I find myself intensely disliking what relativism and post-modern deconstruction have done to the acquiring of knowledge. The students who come away saying "There are no absolute truths" - never seem to be willing to apply that statement to itself.
Kahavor
In 1939 Alvin Kernan was an impoverished high school graduate in a town of 650 inhabitants in Wyoming. Thanks to the GI Bill he was able to attend college in the east and on the strength of ability won a scholarship to Oxford and a graduate degree from Yale. He became a smashing success as an author, teacher and administrator employed finally as the Dean of Liberal Arts at Princeton. What a career. Who says this isn't a country of opportunity?
Andromakus
Enjoyed this! Kernan depicts the literary and academic influences of his life in great detail, inspiring one to get a hold of the greats in the Classics and Criticism (again). The book would be of special interest to professors or English scholars, as the phases of Literary criticism over the last part of the 1900's is elaborated (I found this very interesting although I know I still don't understand what existentialism, deconstruction, etc REALLY mean...). One understands how his love for literature and humanity outweigh the Machievallian nature and silly politics inherent in academic institutions.Lastly, the author's way of writing is masterful, as one would expect of a life steeped in the literary tradition.
Water
Kernan reveals in detail what many of us outside Academia have long suspected: the decline of rigor and standards in liberal arts education at our nation's top universities. Kernan describes the causes: faddish academic trends at the expense of the Western Canon, government meddling, affirmative action and astronomical hikes in tuition to pay for it all. When giving a student "C" might invite a law suit, how can you expect excellence? Parents of students bound for the elite schools of the nation should read this book before sending off the tuition check.
godlike
This most delicious and passionate description of what teaching and learning is all about is an imagination grabber. I teach in a graduate program and undergraduate program in a California college and I often feel pressured to make the student's feel "good", and "not afraid". Al Kernan should be required reading for all faculty persons who believe that the democratization of the university is what is important instead of its true importance -- using the university as an environment for learning. Al Kernan describes such a university, in which ideas are important, in which disputation is important, and yes, where hierarchy exists and politicization is a deterent to all that is supportive of learning. I applaud him for reminding all of us who teach that we have a moral responsibility to students to make them feel uneasy, to know that learning is tough, and that if they feel too comfortable in the academic, learning environment they are probably skimming the surface. Kudos to Al Kernan for sending this wake up call to all of us.
I am a businesswoman, but I also teach, one of those "part-time underpaid" people that colleges and university people like to hire. We are a cheap source of labor. Most of us are passionate about teaching and do so, not for the money, but because we love what we are doing. We are following our "bliss" and for me in particular, it is an opportunity to give back that which my family took, as immigrants, and made their own.
Laizel
This was an excellent book. This is one of the only books that someone should read to learn something. This book teaches about how the world can and sometimes will react. Through a livid writing process, Kernan describes his amazing career. This is probably the last great book of the 20th Century.
Wiliniett
Oh, come now, DC from California, don't be a curmudgeon. Anyone who dislikes students, critics, and the 1960s can't be all bad. Although I must admit that any writer so hackneyed as to title a moderately interesting memoir "In Plato's Cave" tends to put one off one's feed rather early on.

Related to In Plato's Cave

Download Modern American Theatre: Collection of Critical Essays (20th Century Views) fb2, epub

Modern American Theatre: Collection of Critical Essays (20th Century Views) fb2 epub

Author: Alvin B. Kernan
Category: Performing Arts
ISBN: 0135862892
Download Twentieth Century Interpretations of A Streetcar Named Desire: A Collection of Critical Essays fb2, epub

Twentieth Century Interpretations of A Streetcar Named Desire: A Collection of Critical Essays fb2 epub

Author: Jordan Yale Miller
Category: History & Criticism
ISBN: 0138514933
Download Lost for Words: The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary fb2, epub

Lost for Words: The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary fb2 epub

Author: Lynda Mugglestone
Category: Europe
ISBN: 0300106998
Download An Introduction to Design  Culture in the Twentieth Century fb2, epub

An Introduction to Design Culture in the Twentieth Century fb2 epub

Category: History & Criticism
ISBN: 0047010142
Download WELL-REMEMBERED DAYS. EOIN O'CEALLAIGH'S MEMOIR OF A TWENTIETH-CENTURY CATHOLIC LIFE fb2, epub

WELL-REMEMBERED DAYS. EOIN O'CEALLAIGH'S MEMOIR OF A TWENTIETH-CENTURY CATHOLIC LIFE fb2 epub

Author: Arthur Mathews and Sorcha O'Grionnach
ISBN: 0333901630
Download Family Law in the Twentieth Century: A History fb2, epub

Family Law in the Twentieth Century: A History fb2 epub

Author: Stephen Cretney
Category: Family Law
ISBN: 0198268998