Intellectual Heft: A.J. Liebling as a Critic of Anti-Intellectualism in American Journalism

I will be attending the AEJMC annual conference this week in St. Louis. If you’re going to be there, drop by the History Division poster session on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. This is the abstract for my paper:

One aspect of A.J. Liebling’s tenure as the press critic for The New Yorker that has not been previously explored is his role as an opponent of the anti-intellectual tendencies of American journalism. This paper examines all 82 of Liebling’s Wayward Press columns and finds that his essays regularly fit into the three categories of anti-intellectualism identified by Richard Hofstadter and codified by sociologist Daniel Rigney, as well as a fourth, new, category of anti-intellectualism endemic to professional journalism.

I’m embedding a pdf file of my handout, but it’s worth it to come see the full poster, and of course to say hi.

Liebling Poster Handout (pdf)

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