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      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers


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      A glance at the summer issue of "Social Text":
      How pragmatism limits culture
      George Yudice, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese languages
      and American studies at New York University argues that the
      drastic decline in government support for the arts over the last
      decade cannot be completely blamed on right-wing efforts "to cut
      the purse strings for leftist activity." The true cause of the
      decrease, Mr. Yudice writes, is a broad shift in American
      attitudes toward culture. Society now dictates that the arts
      ought to serve a practical purpose to merit support, Mr. Yudice
      observes. "To the degree that this pragmatism reigns supreme,"
      he writes, "art and culture will be left with little legitimacy
      other than what is socially, politically, and even economically
      expedient." Mr. Yudice says this need for expediency arises, in
      part, from a post-Cold War culture in which the United States no
      longer needs to present itself as the upholder of artistic
      freedom, in ideological contrast to an oppressive Communist
      regime. In addition, he says, the corporatization of America's
      institutions-so bemoaned in academe-has spread to the
      arts. Mr. Yudice concludes that the "emphasis in post-Cold War
      culture is on the character of the public good, ... now
      negotiated or partnered in the triangle of government, the
      corporate sector, and civil society." This article is not
      available on line, but information about the journal
      can be found on it World-Wide Web site at
      http://www.nyu.edu/pubs/socialtext <http://www.nyu.edu/pubs/socialtext>

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