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Exit Capitalism : Literary Culture, Theory and Post-Secular Modernity - Simon During

Exit Capitalism

Literary Culture, Theory and Post-Secular Modernity

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Published: 24th August 2009
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Exit Capitalism explores a new path for cultural studies and re-examines key moments of British cultural and literary history. Simon During argues that the long and liberating journey towards democratic state capitalism has led to an unhappy dead-end from which there is no imaginable exit.


In this context, what do the humanities look like? What's alive and what's dead in the culture and its heritage?


It becomes clear that the contemporary world order remains imperfect not just because it is unjust but because it cannot meet ethical standards produced in a past that still knew genuine hope. Simon During emphasises the need to rethink the position of Christianity and religion in the past, and at a more concrete level, also analyses how the decline of the socialist ideal and the emergence of endgame capitalism helped to produce both modern theory and cultural studies as academic fields.

Introductionp. vi
Modernizing the English literary fieldp. 1
Church, state, and modernization: literature as gentlemanly knowledge after 1688p. 3
Quakery, selfhood, and the emergence of the modern cultural marketplacep. 24
Interesting: the politics of the sympathetic imaginationp. 39
Towards endgame capitalism: literature, theory, culturep. 55
World literature, Stalinism, and the nation: Christina Stead as lost objectp. 57
Socialist ends: the emergence of academic theory in post-war Britainp. 95
Completing secularism: the mundane in the neo-liberal erap. 115
Refusing capitalism? Theory and cultural studies after 1968p. 131
Notesp. 162
Bibliographyp. 173
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9780415246545
ISBN-10: 0415246547
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 24th August 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1