Essays and Appreciations in Honor of Michael J. Colacurcio’s 50 Years of Teaching
Edited By Carol M. Bensick
Praise for A Passion for Getting It Right
“Michael J. Colacurcio stands as a monumental figure in American literary studies. The appendix to this volume, ‘The Affect of Puritanism,’ epitomizes why. Behind its sly wit and piercing angle of vision, one can discern a wealth of learning and decades of study. Very few scholars indeed can range so masterfully from nearly unknown seventeenth-century Puritan thinkers to nineteenth-century literary classics to twenty-first-century historiography. This kind of erudition is impossible to achieve in today’s accelerated and frazzled humanities. As Colacurcio notes in his little autobiography, it took him a long time to write a first book, yet Cornell tenured him long before it was done. It is wise and good that Carol M. Bensick and the other contributors have come together to honor his example.”
Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English, Emory University
“This is a bracing, bountiful display of the difference that a literary critic can make. Michael J. Colacurcio’s career as a teacher and scholar is celebrated here in ways that return the reader not only to Colacurcio’s extraordinary body of work, but to the discipline’s central subject: the absorbing, mysterious, infinitely rich life of the mind. It may be true that, as one of the contributors observes, you had to be there—that some aspect of Colacurcio’s live performances is untranslatable. But one can sense in these essays the spirit of those performances, the magical blending of seemingly antithetical qualities—restlessness and thoroughness, joyful play and forceful earnestness—with which Colacurcio...
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