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Bayley, S. (2022). The academic manifesto: Urgency and reflective thought. The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal. 
Added by: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard (2/12/23, 7:21 PM)   
Resource type: Journal Article
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Bayley2022
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Categories: General
Keywords: Academia, Management, Universities
Creators: Bayley
Publisher: University of California Press (Berkeley)
Collection: The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal
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"This essay investigates recent pieces of political criticism and the ways in which they attempt to engage with a more “public” audience to incite real-world action. The academy has long been regarded as distanced from the needs of public society, but I contend that pieces of criticism since 2000 have taken on an increasingly political nature which attempts to address much wider audiences outside of scholarly circles. This style of criticism best resembles the manifesto form, and in the wake of 2016’s populist-driven political campaigns, this ability to engage with the public is more important than ever. Accordingly, this essay traces the development of political criticism and its attempt to straddle the gap between the academic essay and the populist manifesto form to simultaneously inspire and inform the public, ultimately concluding that while the “academic manifesto” goes some way towards improving engagement with the public, this interaction is still very limited to elite circles. My analysis of the “academic manifesto” is interdisciplinary, focusing on modern literary theory and its interactions with both politics and history, all of which contribute to the comparative nature of this paper."
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