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The field deals with )] TJ ET BT 34.016 273.323 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(abstractions that resist clear definition. Rudimentary notions of historical causality prove difficult to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 259.067 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(establish. Selecting representative figures depends upon contested assumptions about cultural hierarchy. In )] TJ ET BT 34.016 244.811 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(his new book, Stefan Collini provides his own variant of intellectual history when he addresses the nature, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 230.555 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(role, and significance of intellectuals in twentieth-century Britain. Acutely aware of the ambiguities of his )] TJ ET BT 34.016 216.299 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(subject, Collini provides a unifying thesis that valiantly attempts to unite the complexities of several )] TJ ET BT 34.016 202.043 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(generations of intellectuals reflecting upon themselves and their influence on society. Whether he succeeds )] TJ ET BT 34.016 187.787 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(in this ambitious undertaking very much depends upon how one evaluates his method of argument, his )] TJ ET BT 34.016 173.531 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(approach to intellectual history, and his provocative rhetorical style.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 147.275 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Collini?s method of argument is to assert a strong claim, provide extensive evidence and analysis that )] TJ ET BT 34.016 133.019 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(heavily qualifies or sometimes directly contradicts the claim, and then imply that the original claim still )] TJ ET BT 34.016 118.763 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(stands. Sometimes, of course, the qualifications and contradictions can be resolved into various ?paradoxes?, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 104.507 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(a favorite term of Collini. 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An argument emerges, gets lost in discursive detail, then )] TJ ET BT 34.016 584.699 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Review Number:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 570.443 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(555)] TJ ET BT 34.016 556.187 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Publish date:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 541.931 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Tuesday, 31 October, 2006)] TJ ET BT 34.016 527.675 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Author:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 513.419 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Stefan Collini)] TJ ET BT 34.016 499.163 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(ISBN:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 484.907 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(9780199291052)] TJ ET BT 34.016 470.651 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Date of Publication:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 456.395 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(2006)] TJ ET BT 34.016 442.139 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Price:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 427.883 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(25.00)] TJ ET BT 34.016 413.627 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Pages:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 399.371 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(231pp.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 385.115 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Publisher:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 370.859 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Oxford University Press)] TJ ET BT 34.016 356.603 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Place of Publication:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 342.347 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Oxford)] TJ ET BT 34.016 328.091 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Reviewer:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 313.835 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Dan LeMahieu)] TJ ET endstream endobj 8 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F1 /BaseFont /Times-Roman /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 9 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F2 /BaseFont /Times-Italic /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 10 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F3 /BaseFont /Times-Bold /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 11 0 obj << /Type /XObject /Subtype /Image /Width 509 /Height 160 /Filter /FlateDecode /DecodeParms << /Predictor 15 /Colors 3 /Columns 509 /BitsPerComponent 8>> /Mask [ 255 255 255 255 255 255 ] /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB /BitsPerComponent 8 /Length 3280>> stream x[EQ㎦fVttҒ +3O{?lGDQԯDrB^.ϯ%~'0۠/2>0AG_>0j0GCfE67>rB^}@  !&y+r?INp:erc b8f=rQC!~-Wf^^zF[)G 2ޯe7V_Go3Ke GEGOo8rώ#\1ZY~N6^H}yLxS-!:412V+u\-LSO?xVvZ|GjǮT_8EYJF=Tw^ 7GxfN/S:Ʌ~ʟtt?5n÷J'JcF-GVξx{rO~tJd;#a\7}|~y'>}c2C vR}f׈**h.)_&@pfzjsx:5;S\vKhM5j=!Cn+h"u]a EUN]jn=k<,:Ք>sU!ni~6EJ)¦72?G}[y}_vc$t?iSܟ2Zݞ,VN?_`='RFK1A2qv&X_lLRWY'%:I㢖zb_UEx\>&ɆBˏ~K@ \gYØU4}$8Dv!'Q'*+Εj(UCGo[#< 2Ja(sZi9fZKE Rn`u\9r^Zmɯ׹}mstO4uc~#'jEvۼ Dx[z ޏQ4KL5,5u3>i^uÒ-53ba ~,~/pyt1fMU'CVm:qv~=Y'Es"WsφG?l_kN5}],Ow7 uh`xƫ?zMl7ٻv$A(4Dl(wwH} ?=[=S;yC]^BK>㕪9`Z'Wj;E|:bf>kCԘ#RY,iv쵗~}n'"1u" *uO΄/2^Sxr(!/DD\~mJyZ!MmrA!#u[if|99WB WΡpp}w}sh#,\ &:%˳X?D3 %W0cC?o̲^} F3XLVn]Cߖiϧ!7}yZJ#P7]=)7Ρp;>> Ye^xx{Oafw{ ;>4gfLt ʊ:q%#r/)pv!O4wGh|dS ӣݽހ-gVUC'pBxrB^} 7JA^} /'8!`:r?}}],X  }6y!`/~Br?}Q< >k7vx"] ,' .3jn{-i}|~%-};b6#U)7繎kiEw 㤳:E}[޼c"rꬊ7Dc$~"/Y&zSd:tFȌCrʙ`7u .#[-<)j ?TGS(j~oTup(hjU4PlJ=}|it.ҽ@\wʨuXÞZcx18Wo<~ikOg,ވ\^?EneyZcc0[R١z|zv7_m:_n]a?osS3~j^ hD.a_X'KfBX6w wݶ"Oa:,bvhrWH[uCF-Xfc}>x+Rz)2N-B 7y^٨;[/vg? | |2Sve}=o䑰j[vWjF0{굦?VI~}xM(_TlG__+]:#к?S} c>GŸD7 !w{S{B =x7a?oE#)+Gz:o_4Q<;n?\tt7?mGCџQGu4kņOF>F?#} hP&ђߴM#u!.СtL2^#o nIk_i.~7tr@n 1P~3?.[]=S5b߮~Yo^HFH YBi8a4iom>CKgMy*;?zqEӕ` >zB9iFzC?XF?ޟIܰ펉A}{I5ᄊx%ez#Mp@rߎpi]IOVjzuJt\۰f׺u5><,J~PTJp1)}){9N {!`/> endstream endobj 12 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 13 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 197.0117 675.3895 357.3317 687.2695 ] >> endobj 13 0 obj << /Type /Action /S /URI /URI (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews) >> endobj 14 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 15 0 R >> endobj 15 0 obj << /Length 5622 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(emerges again, curiously unaffected.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The title of the book is )] TJ ET BT 146.012 770.213 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Absent Minds)] TJ ET BT 211.676 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(. Absence customarily means ?not present; not existing?.)] TJ ET BT 64.016 731.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The question of intellectuals was posed and answered in various ways in twentieth-century )] TJ ET BT 64.016 717.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Britain. This book attempts to chart some of that variety, but one cluster of responses tended, )] TJ ET BT 64.016 703.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and still tends, to dominate discussion, namely the claim that in Britain intellectuals have been )] TJ ET BT 64.016 689.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(peculiarly unimportant or even non-existent \(p. 3\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 650.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Note that there are two versions of ?absent minds?: one \(weaker, which the sentence implies to be more )] TJ ET BT 34.016 636.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(predominant\) in which they are present but unimportant; and the other \(stronger, but more marginal\) in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 622.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(which they are ?non-existent?. This version is particularly difficult to document.)] TJ ET BT 64.016 584.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Since the claim about the absence of intellectuals in Britain is a long-standing and widely-held )] TJ ET BT 64.016 569.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(cultural conviction, it cannot be tracked down to a set of definitive statements, still less to a )] TJ ET BT 64.016 555.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(single locus classicus \(p. 3\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 517.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(In its strongest form, the ?absence thesis? is at once everywhere and nowhere. It is an opinion that no one )] TJ ET BT 34.016 503.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(opines.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 476.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(But even in its weaker form, it proves difficult to nail this jelly to the door. Here to avoid obvious difficulties )] TJ ET BT 34.016 462.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Collini must qualify his definition of the term ?intellectual?. He does not mean them in ?the sociological )] TJ ET BT 34.016 448.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(sense? or those who can be classified as intellectuals by occupation. Nor not does he deal with them in the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 434.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?subjective sense? or those individuals interested in ideas for their own sake. Collini?s ?absent minds? )] TJ ET BT 34.016 419.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(proves to be about intellectuals in the ?cultural sense?, that is those ?who deploy an acknowledged )] TJ ET BT 34.016 405.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(intellectual position or achievement in addressing a broader, non-specialist public? \(p. 47\). Yet, having )] TJ ET BT 34.016 391.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(provided these useful distinctions, Collini begins to backtrack.)] TJ ET BT 64.016 353.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(To the extent that this [the ?question of intellectuals?] involves attending to earlier statements )] TJ ET BT 64.016 338.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(about these issues which may not have discriminated at all precisely the sense or senses of the )] TJ ET BT 64.016 324.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(term being used, the following chapters necessarily trench on past discussions of all three senses )] TJ ET BT 64.016 310.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and of the various approximations and compounds that preceded them. But where I am speaking )] TJ ET BT 64.016 296.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(in my own voice and using the word to characterize the role played by particular individuals, )] TJ ET BT 64.016 281.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?intellectuals? are being spoken of in this book in the \(now dominant\) cultural sense of the term )] TJ ET BT 64.016 267.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(p. 51\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 229.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(At once opaque and tautological, these sentences capture Collini?s elusive style of argument. Even in its )] TJ ET BT 34.016 215.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(weakest form, it turns out, the ?absence thesis? does not form ?a smooth progression or cumulation? \(p. 85\). )] TJ ET BT 34.016 200.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Victorian public intellectuals played a prominent role in national debates \(p. 75\). If ?non-political? )] TJ ET BT 34.016 186.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(definitions of the term intellectual predominated early in the twentieth century, many figures involved )] TJ ET BT 34.016 172.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(themselves in the ?cultural sense?. The 1920s and especially the 1930s proved a heyday for public )] TJ ET BT 34.016 158.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(intellectuals, although, as Collini remarks casually, ?this book deliberately frustrates discussion about the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 143.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(period? \(p. 86\). Only in the 1950s and 1960s does the ?absence thesis? emerge, particularly among certain )] TJ ET BT 34.016 129.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(New Left partisans. But here again numerous counter-cases muddy the waters. The Now-You-See-It, Now-)] TJ ET BT 34.016 115.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(You-Don?t quality of the ?absence thesis? makes its refutation all the easier. Collini slays a phantom dragon.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 88.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(But it is not simply in enunciating an overall thesis that Collini?s argument lacks clarity. He devotes a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 74.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(number of chapters to specific figures ?whose writings about intellectuals were particularly influential and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 60.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(whose performance, or lack of it, in the role were particularly expressive of the tensions at work in the )] TJ ET endstream endobj 16 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 17 0 R >> endobj 17 0 obj << /Length 7778 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?paradoxes of denial?? \(p. 12\). Some of these figures, such as R. G. Collingwood, he seems to like; others )] TJ ET BT 34.016 782.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(meet a less charitable fate, as in the chapter entitled ?Nothing to Say: A. J. P. Taylor?. Like ?Absent Minds?, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 767.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?Nothing to Say? seems to embody a number of meanings, both asserted and contradicted, often within the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 753.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(same paragraph. The chapter begins with Taylor?s famous dissent at the ?Congress of Intellectuals? in 1948, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 739.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(where, despite his powerful left-wing convictions, he refused to engage in Communist propaganda and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 725.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(eloquently defended freedom of speech. Collini also charts Taylor?s intense commitment to the Campaign )] TJ ET BT 34.016 710.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(for Nuclear Disarmament, which ?suggests something of the energy and capacity he could bring to an )] TJ ET BT 34.016 696.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(activity when he cared passionately about something outside himself? \(p. 382\). But then, a few pages later, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 682.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(we learn that ?there wasn?t something he indisputably ?stood for? other than being clever, knowledgeable, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 668.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(heterodox, fluent, amusing?for being, in short, A.J.P. Taylor? \(p. 389\). What one hand gives, the other takes )] TJ ET BT 34.016 653.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(away.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 627.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?Nothing to Say? might also refer to Taylor?s ?insistence that history yielded no inferences or moral for the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 613.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(present as well as precious little pattern in the past? \(p. 386\). What Collini means by ?moral? \(lessons?\) or )] TJ ET BT 34.016 599.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?pattern? \(grand narratives?\) cannot be discerned, but his accusation becomes clearer further down the page: )] TJ ET BT 34.016 584.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?the question about Taylor as in intellectual must remain whether he had anything to say which touched, in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 570.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(important ways, the general concerns of his publics'. But then, in the same paragraph, Collini acknowledges )] TJ ET BT 34.016 556.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(that Taylor ?did help people in the present to place themselves in a tradition or a development which offered )] TJ ET BT 34.016 542.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to alter their self-understanding? \(p. 386\). Or, a few sentences later, that Taylor ?did offer his readers and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 527.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(listeners, and eventually viewers, a perspective on the world, a perspective based on a deep grounding in the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 513.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(political and diplomatic history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe? \(p. 387\). Or that ?among the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 499.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(striking virtues of his numerous substantial works of history was a capacity to identify a narrative or )] TJ ET BT 34.016 485.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(analytical thread which brought together causes and accidents, ideas and personalities, in some persuasive )] TJ ET BT 34.016 470.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(way? \(p. 389\). Still, the title stands. The accusation remains intact. A. J. P. Taylor had ?Nothing to Say.?)] TJ ET BT 34.016 444.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Collini approaches intellectual history in a manner all his own. He admits that his method owes ?more to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 430.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(literary criticism than to political science or sociology? \(p. 8\), and argues that his topic requires ?literary )] TJ ET BT 34.016 416.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(tactics that are varied and discrepant, even at times frankly opportunistic ? All this makes for a deliberate )] TJ ET BT 34.016 401.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(unevenness of treatment? \(p. 9\). Largely unaffected by forty years of postmodern literary theory, Collini )] TJ ET BT 34.016 387.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(engages in clever readings of idiosyncratically-selected texts combined with decisive judgments about their )] TJ ET BT 34.016 373.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(value, in some ways reminiscent of Leslie Stephen in works such as the )] TJ ET BT 380.636 373.301 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(History of English Thought in the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 359.045 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Eighteenth Century)] TJ ET BT 127.676 359.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( \(1876\). Then too, these readings frequently tease out various inconsistencies, ironies, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 344.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and tensions, not unlike the New Critics of the mid-twentieth century. Collini?s interpretations often prove )] TJ ET BT 34.016 330.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(original, as one should expect. For example, he devotes an entire chapter to Julien Benda?s )] TJ ET BT 473.936 330.533 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(La Trahison des )] TJ ET BT 34.016 316.277 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(clercs)] TJ ET BT 62.672 316.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( where, after dispensing with the question of its relevance to a book about British intellectuals, he )] TJ ET BT 34.016 302.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(shows how and why the book?s thesis appealed in contradictory ways to subsequent generations. The title )] TJ ET BT 34.016 287.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(could apply to intellectuals who intervened in politics and to those who eschewed such engagement. It also )] TJ ET BT 34.016 273.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(expressed the ?double fantasy? for intellectuals of divorce from the world and involvement in it without )] TJ ET BT 34.016 259.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(contamination \(p. 297\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 232.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Yet, this approach can also be oddly unhistorical. With only intermittent attention to historical context, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 218.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Collini often engages in polemics against his subjects as if they were his contemporaries, perhaps even his )] TJ ET BT 34.016 204.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(rivals. He reads their writings carefully and passes judgment upon them with only passing regard for the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 190.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(complex social and cultural forces which shaped them. As often noticed, Collini criticizes the New Left and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 175.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the New Right with equal fervor. What he does not address in sufficient detail are the much tougher )] TJ ET BT 34.016 161.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(questions about how, for example, the social, political, and cultural context of the 1950s and 1960s shaped )] TJ ET BT 34.016 147.461 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the New Left?s views of both foreign and domestic intellectuals and why, partly in response to these )] TJ ET BT 34.016 133.205 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(concerns and others, the New Right felt compelled in the 1970s to formulate countervailing ideas of their )] TJ ET BT 34.016 118.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(own. Instead, Collini provides a series of often-dismissive interpretations about selected texts of both )] TJ ET BT 34.016 104.693 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(groups, dishing them with the chapter title: ?New Left, New Right, Old Story.? This approach to intellectual )] TJ ET BT 34.016 90.437 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(history often makes for lively reading, but it also exposes a surprising naivet about the differences that )] TJ ET BT 34.016 76.181 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(separate one period of time from another. Historians often struggle with bridging these differences while still )] TJ ET BT 34.016 61.925 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(remaining )] TJ ET BT 85.676 61.925 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(fair)] TJ ET BT 103.016 61.925 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( to their subjects. Too often Collini treats the foreign country of the past like the stereotypical )] TJ ET endstream endobj 18 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 19 0 R >> endobj 19 0 obj << /Length 5102 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(English tourist of old; he does not like it.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(There is also the matter of chronology. Collini often reminds his readers that his book is ?neither a narrative )] TJ ET BT 34.016 755.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(history nor a comprehensive survey? \(p. 64\). Collini divides his book into five parts connected by either )] TJ ET BT 34.016 741.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(theme or approach. Partly as a result, the book often jumps around in a manner that conventional historians )] TJ ET BT 34.016 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(may find disconcerting. The New Left is discussed in Chapter Eight. Seven chapters later appears an )] TJ ET BT 34.016 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(excellent discussion of George Orwell. Chapter Five discusses the inter-war debate over ?Highbrows and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 698.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Other Aliens?. The discussion of T.S. Eliot is reserved for Chapter Thirteen, 167 pages later. Inevitably, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 684.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(perhaps, repetition ensues. ?As I discussed earlier? and its variants appear constantly, sometimes a number )] TJ ET BT 34.016 670.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of times within the same paragraph. A helpful point about how the Dreyfus Affair affected British )] TJ ET BT 34.016 656.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(intellectuals shows up repeatedly, though special credit must be given for the phrase ?Dreyfus-envy,? used )] TJ ET BT 34.016 641.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(only twice. The loss of narrative flow means, perhaps deliberately, that certain elements of Collini?s story )] TJ ET BT 34.016 627.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(become submerged, contributing to the sense that this book resembles more a collection of essays than a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 613.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(coherent historical analysis.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 587.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(A short treatise could be written about Collini?s rhetorical style. A masterful, if long-winded, polemicist, he )] TJ ET BT 34.016 572.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(employs tricks familiar to the successful debater. Not all these devices can be noted here, but some stand out. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 558.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(For example, he demonstrates the ability to anticipate the moves of his critics and to encompass their )] TJ ET BT 34.016 544.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(objections into his presentation. This tactic of pre-emption applies particularly to the extraordinary )] TJ ET BT 34.016 530.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?Introduction? to his book. Collini knows full well that in a very long work about a relatively narrow topic )] TJ ET BT 34.016 515.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(he often makes ?arbitrary or indefensibly idiosyncratic? choices of which intellectuals to discuss \(p. 11\). He )] TJ ET BT 34.016 501.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(notes that Keynes and Wittgenstein make only a fleeting appearance. More important, however, is another )] TJ ET BT 34.016 487.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(exclusion.)] TJ ET BT 64.016 449.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [([This book] is not an exercise in ?recovery? in the currently fashionable sense. The voices to )] TJ ET BT 64.016 434.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(which it attends were among those most widely heard at the time, and, given my theme, )] TJ ET BT 64.016 420.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(necessarily so. For that reason, few of the figures discussed are women, even fewer were )] TJ ET BT 64.016 406.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(anything but highly educated, most were comparatively successful by conventional standards \(p. )] TJ ET BT 64.016 392.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(11\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 353.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Fashionable reviewers who dare to argue that Virginia Woolf deserves much more attention, or that any )] TJ ET BT 34.016 339.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(number of influential feminists after the 1960s ?widely heard at the time? ought to have made the cut, shall )] TJ ET BT 34.016 325.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(not affect Collini.)] TJ ET BT 64.016 287.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The book makes no pretence to being comprehensive, and I shall be more than unusually )] TJ ET BT 64.016 272.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(unmoved by readers and reviewers who complain that this or that important figure is absent )] TJ ET BT 64.016 258.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(from its pages \(p. 8\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 220.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(But there is another anticipatory comment that merits attention. Collini bases his book mainly on published )] TJ ET BT 34.016 206.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(sources. He feels no obligation ?to cite secondary literature except in cases of explicit indebtedness or )] TJ ET BT 34.016 191.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(criticism? and cannot imagine his audience fretting over ?the conscientiousness of my reading? \(p. 11\). As )] TJ ET BT 34.016 177.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(he tells us earlier:)] TJ ET BT 64.016 139.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Indeed, it is quite possible that I have now read more articles and essays on the subject of )] TJ ET BT 64.016 124.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?intellectuals in Britain? than anyone, alive or dead, has, thus far, ever done \(p. 8\).)] TJ ET endstream endobj 20 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 22 0 R 24 0 R 26 0 R 28 0 R 30 0 R ] /Contents 21 0 R >> endobj 21 0 obj << /Length 6057 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 784.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(As often observed, Collini writes with a self-assurance and superiority that infuse his judgments about the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(cultural authority of British intellectuals not unlike himself. Yet perhaps there is a dimension of uncertainty )] TJ ET BT 34.016 755.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(here worthy of notice.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 729.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Collini also proves eager to cast stones. Eschewing sociological analysis himself \(pp. 8, 50\), he criticizes )] TJ ET BT 34.016 715.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(similar work by the social theorist Edward Shils for lacking statistics, variables, and correlations \(p. 148\). He )] TJ ET BT 34.016 701.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(questions Pierre Bourdieu?s use of capitalistic metaphors to describe intellectual activity \(p. 57\), but later )] TJ ET BT 34.016 686.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(writes: ?As we have seen, intellectual capital needs to be constantly reinvested; a strategy of pure )] TJ ET BT 34.016 672.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(expenditure soon exhausts one?s credit? \(p. 486\). When discussing the BBC after the Second World War, he )] TJ ET BT 34.016 658.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(seems to approve of the Reithian disgust of treating intellectuals just like any other minority \(p. 447\), but )] TJ ET BT 34.016 644.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(then argues in his conclusion largely the same point \(p. 487\). Connoisseurs of Collini?s rhetorical style will )] TJ ET BT 34.016 629.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(particularly savour one element of his analysis of Perry Anderson?s work.)] TJ ET BT 64.016 591.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The sneer has a legitimate place in polemic, of course, but perhaps one is not being too )] TJ ET BT 64.016 577.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(priggishly resistant to its playful use by remarking that it is carrying a little too much )] TJ ET BT 64.016 563.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(explanatory weight here \(p. 178\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 524.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Without irony, Collini calls T. S. Eliot ?Mr Facing-Both-Ways? \(p. 304\) and accuses a number of thinkers, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 510.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(including George Orwell, of ?tendentiousness? \(p. 354\). His harsh analysis of Edward Said?s Reith Lectures )] TJ ET BT 34.016 496.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(includes so many of the criticisms that he acknowledges reviewers might level at his own book that the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 482.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(section hints at self-reflexivity \(pp. 427?32\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 455.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Then in the brief 'Epilogue' the tone shifts as a different persona replaces the aggressive, tough-minded )] TJ ET BT 34.016 441.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(polemicist. He reflects upon the role his book might play in future historiography. Perhaps he will open a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 427.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(whole new field of inquiry. Yes, criticisms may be wounding, but ?it will not require any implausibly )] TJ ET BT 34.016 413.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Olympian detachment or wilful pollyannaism to regard such critiques as a sign of one kind of success'. For, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 398.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(you see, the book has really been about removing a ?deeply entrenched cultural prejudice? \(p. 502\). Collini )] TJ ET BT 34.016 384.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(has a dream. He dreams that one day intellectuals will be perceived as ?ordinary? and that ?perhaps it?s time )] TJ ET BT 34.016 370.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to stop thinking of intellectuals as Other People, and to try not to fall so easily into the related tabloid habits )] TJ ET BT 34.016 356.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of demonizing and pedestalling? \(p. 505\). 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