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History’s Dirty Work: Taming the River

In terms of its narrative logic, my history of the Stanford “canon wars” and their significance in subsequent debates about American higher education currently manifests a sort of triple-quadrilateral structure:  four chapters, four different groups of historical actors, four different arenas of discourse.  This structure was not something I consciously planned.  In fact, to be honest, this was not something I even perceived as an organizing scheme until two days before I was to defend my work. As I said on Twitter, “I’m very excited to have finally discovered the organizing logic of my dissertation. This might come in handy Read more