From the New Deal to the Raw Deal: 21st Century Poetics and Academic Labor

Virginia Ann Konchan

Abstract


The corporate University today offers advanced degrees in the humanities, but, increasingly, contingent employment upon graduation, a development of what Rodrigo Toscano calls “the soft labor of investiture without return.”  In “From the New Deal to the Raw Deal: 21st Century Academic Labor,” I argue that the survival of the humanities is contingent upon an awareness that knowledge production today exists within an exploitative wage-labor economy:  what academic Cathy Wagner calls the “sharecropper estate” of academia.

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ISSN 1715-0094  Workplace