American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880-1995 by Phillip BarrishAmerican Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880-1995 by Phillip Barrish

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

byPhillip Barrish

Paperback | December 11, 2008

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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.
Title:American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880-1995Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:December 11, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521103800

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. William Dean Howells and the roots of realist taste; 2. The 'facts of physical suffering', the literary intellectual and The Wings of the Dove; 3. The 'genuine article': credit and ethnicity in The Rise of David Levinsky; 4. What Nona knows; 5. 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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"[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