Greg Barnhisel

Greg Barnhisel is Professor and Chair in the Department of English at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He is the author of James Laughlin, New Directions, and the Remaking of Ezra Pound (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005) and Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy (Columbia University Press, 2015), and co-editor of the scholarly journal Book History. His current project is a biography of the Yale professor and spy Norman Holmes Pearson. 

Twitter: @gbarnhisel

 

Contributions

Poet-Critics and the Administration of Culture by Evan Kindley

© 2018 Johns Hopkins University Press

Even taking into consideration penicillin and the atomic bomb, bureaucracy may be the most consequential and pervasive of twentieth-century humanity’s gifts to ourselves. (Global warming we gave to all species.) Yes, administrative gears ground in ancient Rome and classical China, but in the 1900s bureaucratic organizations and institutions of every type spread like kudzu. Sociologists such as William Whyte and Max Weber documented how, over the first half of the century, bureaucracies proliferated beyond the church, the military, and the government, coming to colonize every aspect of modern life.