This book is part of a series which moves the canon debate of the 1980s forward into a new multidisciplinary and cross-cultural phase by investigating problems of canon formation across the whole humanistic field. Some volumes explore the linguistic, political or anthropological dimensions of canonicity. Others examine the historical canons of individual disciplines. This volume examines the actual process of canon formation from three unusual and complementary angles. The first two chapters discuss historical attitudes to canons from antiquity onwards, showing the religious, aesthetic, cultural and political interests which have shaped our modern critical canons. Each of the four succeeding chapters examines an exemplary modern defendant, interpreter, or critic of canons: Ernst Gombrich, Northrop Frye, Frank Kermode, and Edward Said. A final chapter considers the origins and rationale of the contemporary debate, emphasizing the disciplinary and aesthetic problems we must confront if our cultural institutions are to meet the changing needs of the next century.
"A first-rate book, written with impressive analytical power." Journal of British Studies
The canon debate; more than just a rule - the early history of the canon; a whole world of reading - the modern history of the canon; Sir Ernst Gombrich and the functionalist canon; Northrop Frye and the visionary canon; Frank Kermode and the canon of interpretation; Edward Said and the open canon; cultural studies - towards a new canon.
Series: Vision, Division and Revision : The Athlone Series on Canons
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st December 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1