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A Rose By Any Other Name

A Rose By Any Other Name by Gregory Jones-Katz[Editor’s note: this is the third in a series of roundtable essays on Kerwin Lee Klein’s From History to Theory (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2011).  — LDB] My essay first examines Klein’s central interventions. It then assesses Klein’s defense of scholarship—specifically historical scholarship—against what he considers the dangers of reenchanted language. I focus on Klein’s self-described polemic against the overlap between reenchanted academic and non-academic discourse, chiefly “memory talk.” I believe Klein’s excessive concentration on keywords and linguistic patterns weaken his polemic. The third section of my essay Read more