The Resource Critical theory and the literary canon, E. Dean Kolbas

Critical theory and the literary canon, E. Dean Kolbas

Label
Critical theory and the literary canon
Title
Critical theory and the literary canon
Statement of responsibility
E. Dean Kolbas
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Kolbas stakes out new territory in assessing the war over literary canon formation, a subject that contemporary polemicists have devoted much ink to. Throughout this succinct manuscript, Kolbas ranges through the sociology and politics of culture, aesthetic theory, and literary theory to develop his point that texts not only must should be situated in the historical and material conditions of their production, but also evaluated for their very real aesthetic content. One reason the is an important issue, Kolbas contends, is that the canon is not simply enclosed in the ivory tower of academia; its effects are apparent in a much wider field of cultural production and use. He begins by critiquing the conservative humanist and liberal pluralist positions on the canon, which either assiduously avoid any sociological explanation of the canon or treat texts as stand-ins for particular ideologies. Kolbas is sympathetic to the arguments of Bourdieu et. al. regarding positioning the canon in a wider "field of cultural production" than the university, but argues that theirs are purely sociological explanations of aesthetics (i.e., there is no objective aesthetic content) that ignore art's autonomous realm, which he argues -- a la Adorno -- exists (if only problematically). Ultimately, he argues that critical theory, particularly the arguments of Adorno on aesthetics, offers the most fruitful path for evaluating the canon, despite the approach's clear flaws. His vision is a sociological one, but one that treats the components of the canon as possessing objective aesthetic content, albeit content that shifts in meaning over history.--Publisher description
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
801/.95/0904
Dissertation note
Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--Cambridge University
Index
index present
LC call number
PN81
LC item number
.K595 2001eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
Label
Critical theory and the literary canon, E. Dean Kolbas
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-178) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn171301340
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vii, 182 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780786742905
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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not applicable
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.b36866647
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unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)171301340
  • acls0786742909
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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