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Pieces of Resistance - Eugene Goodheart

Pieces of Resistance

Hardcover Published: 25th December 1987
ISBN: 9780521340366
Number Of Pages: 212

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'Criticism, as I understand and practice it, is evaluative as well as interpretive', writes Eugene Goodheart. Pieces of Resistance is a collection of Goodheart's essays and reviews written between 1960 and 1985. The book responds to the political, cultural, and literary changes expressed during this period by novelists, critics, and journalists. Goodheart's exemplary figures include Lionel Trilling, Philip Rahv, and V. S. Naipaul: writers he believes share a particular sensitivity to literary and cultural ideologies that distort and diminish our understanding of the world. Goodheart's book is divided into three parts. The first section discusses critics Trilling, Rahv, Leslie Fiedler, Geoffrey Hartman, David Bleich, and Susan Sontag--to name a few. The second part devotes itself to contemporary culture and includes essays on journals such as The New York Review of Books, Commentary, and The Evergreen Review, which in the 1960s and early 1970s provided a well-lit playground for various political, cultural, and literary themes. Finally, Goodheart examines the work of many modern writers with essays on Isaac Bashevis Singer, Daniel Fuchs, Ralph Ellison, Nadine Gordimer, V. S. Naipaul, Bernard Malamud, William Styron, Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver, and Saul Bellow. Goodheart does not pretend to impersonal objectivity; his commitment to evaluative criticism--seeing a text in its relationship to political and cultural movements - is a deliberate response to current, increasingly specialized forms of criticism.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Autobiographical
Critics and Criticism
William Chace's Lionel Trilling: Criticism and Politics
Philip Rahv and Image and Idea
Joseph Frank's Dostoevsky: The Seeds of Revolt 1821-1849
Leslie Fiedler and the mythic life
The 'radicalism' of Susan Sontag
Paul Goodman's neolithic conservatism
Geoffrey Hartman's Criticism in the Wilderness: the Study of Literature Today
Contemporary Culture in Conflict
The New York Review: a close look
The new Apocalypse
Eros, politics, and pornography: a decade with Evergreen Review
The deradicalized intellectuals
The New York Review loves an Englishman
Writing in America and Elsewhere
The New Country: Stories from the Yiddish About Life in America
Three Novels, by Daniel Fuchs
The demonic charm of Bashevis Singer
The thirties revisited: Meyer Liben's Justice Hunger and Nine Stories
Bernard Malamud's A New Life
Ralph Ellison's Shadow and Act
William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner
Donald Barthelme's The Dead Father
Raymond Carver's Cathedral
Saul Bellow's Him with His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories
The claustral world of Nadine Gordimer
V. S. Naipaul: virtuoso of the negative
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ISBN: 9780521340366
ISBN-10: 0521340365
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 25th December 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42