Beneath and Beyond the "Crisis in the Humanities"

  title={Beneath and Beyond the "Crisis in the Humanities"},
  author={Geoffrey Galt Harpham},
  journal={New Literary History},
  pages={21 - 36}
  • G. Harpham
  • Published 11 April 2005
  • Psychology
  • New Literary History
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