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The Cultural Politics of the New Criticism - Mark Jancovich

The Cultural Politics of the New Criticism

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In this book, Mark Jancovich concentrates on the works of three leading American writers - Robert Penn Warren, John Crowe Ransom and Allen Tate - in order to examine the development of the New Criticism during the late 1920s and early 1930s, and its establishment within the academy in the late 1930s and 1940s. This critical movement managed to transform the teaching and study of English through a series of essays published in journals such as the Southern Review and the Kenyon Review. Jancovich argues that the New Criticism was not an example of bourgeois individualism, as previously held, but that it sprang from a critique of modern capitalist society developed by pre-capitalist classes within the American South. In the process, he clarifies the distinctions between the aims of these three Southern poets from those of the next 'generation' of New Critics such as Cleanth Brooks, Warren and Welleck, and Wimsatt and Beardsley. He also claims that the failure on the part of most contemporary critics to identify the movement's ideological origins and aims has usually meant that these critics continue to operate within the very professional terms of reference established through the New Critical transformations of the academy.

Preface
List of abbreviations
The New Criticism and its Critics
Contemporary responses to the New Criticism
The historical context of the New Criticism
Before the New Criticism
Conclusion
The Formation of the New Criticism: Introduction
The social relations of aesthetic activity
The social organisation of literature
Against propaganda and irresponsibility
Conclusion: the analysis of a Southern poet
The Establishment of the New Criticism: Introduction
The origins of academic involvement
Understanding literature: textbooks and the distribution of the New Criticism
The form of criticism
The Development of the New Criticism: Introduction
The isolation of aesthetic activity
The man of letters and the cold war
Literature and social engagement
Conclusion: Modernism and Postmodernism Within the American Academy: Introduction
The professionalization of literary study
The New Critical intervention
Cultural criticism and postmodernity
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521416528
ISBN-10: 0521416523
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 9th August 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.51