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American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880-1995 : Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture - Phillip Barrish

American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880-1995

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

Hardcover Published: 19th February 2001
ISBN: 9780521782210
Number Of Pages: 224

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Focusing on key works of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American literary realism, Phillip Barrish traces the emergence of new ways of gaining intellectual prestige - that is, new ways of gaining some degree of cultural recognition. Through extended readings of works by Henry James, William Dean Howells, Abraham Cahan, and Edith Wharton, Barrish emphasizes the differences between realist modes of cultural authority and those associated with the rise of the social sciences, and examines the impact of realism as a genre on the aesthetic, the self, masculinity and narrative more generally. Barrish also argues that, understanding the dynamics of intellectual status in realist literature also provides new analytic purchase on intellectual prestige in recent critical theory from such figures as Lionel Trilling, Paul de Man, John Guillory, and Judith Butler. This book is the first extended treatment of a genre, realism, central to our understanding of American literature.

"...the words 'dazzling' and 'moving' to describe Barrish's interpretations partly beacause they had the cumulative effect of exerting, on this reader, their own 'cognitive and emotional power.' The acute and layered analyses he refers to simply as 'detailedly attentive readings' produced a realer American realism." South Central Review "inventive and fresh." Modern Fiction Studies "an important and impressive book." Studies in American Fiction "a provocative book." American Literary Realism "intriguing and original." The Henry James Review "the author offers a fresh perspective of William Dean Howell, Henry James, Abraham Cahan, and Edith Wharton." CHOICE Jan 2002 "...a sensitive, often intriguing study." MFS "[Barrish's] prose is ...elegant, layered, and worth a second reading... It should be an influential book in the ongoing debate about what 'really matters' in literary-critical studies." Novel

Acknowledgements
Introduction
William Dean Howells and the roots of realist taste
The 'facts of physical suffering', the literary intellectual and The Wings of the Dove
The 'genuine article': credit and ethnicity in The Rise of David Levinsky
What Nona knows
From reality, to materiality, to the real (and back again): the dynamics of distinction on the recent critical scene
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521782210
ISBN-10: 052178221X
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 19th February 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5