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Henry Louis Gates Jr.

“An Aesthetic and Political Order”

There is a familiar narrative – or perhaps a set of related narratives – about why particular social identities’ “representation” in the canon or on a syllabus mattered during the 1980s. The common theme of that narrative situates the university as a proxy battleground for a fragmented Left political movement that had been unable to achieve broader social transformations toward economic and political equality. Read more