Simon Brown, ‘Intellectual Journalism and Intellectual History’, Journal of the History of Ideas blog

Simon Brown, ‘Intellectual Journalism and Intellectual History‘, Journal of the History of Ideas blog

In an interview at the Chronicle Review with the writer and teacher Maggie Doherty about academic humanities and public writing, I encountered a term for the first time that described in a new way what felt very familiar: “Intellectual Journalism.” The interviewer used it to gesture toward the book reviews, trade titles and essays that authors — or readers — with graduate training might write (or read) outside of their own formal disciplines and the peer-reviewed journals and book series that sustain them. My experience turning over the category of “Intellectual History” on its many sides to better understand how it held together led me to wonder about this congruent term. [continues here]

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