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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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Affect Is the New Trauma

Affect Is the New Trauma

(p.173) 24 Affect Is the New Trauma
The Critical Pulse

Lauren Berlant

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the author's reflections on how pedagogy is an integral part of criticism. She says that the stories often told about professionalism—it's what unimaginative people aspire to, it's what the ambitious aspire to as they game the system, it's a pedantic rank-based bureaucratic formalism defined against genuine conceptual richness—bar serious talk about the ethics of collegiality and pedagogy under conditions of aspiration. But developing an explicit pedagogical/collegial ethics (e.g. professionalism) to which she can aspire has helped her and her students fight the academic's tendency to personalize everything, including responsibility. She considers it her professional obligation to be in the world pedagogically (as someone who wants thought to have a transformative impact).

Keywords:   pedagogy, teaching, criticism, professionalism, responsibility

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