The Culture of Criticism and the Criticism of Culture

Paperback | April 1, 1989

byGiles Gunn

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Giles Gunn's important new work is at once a provocative defense of the kind of moral reflection once associated in America with the writings of Lionel Trilling and Edmund Wilson and an acknowledgement that this pragmatic legacy must be reevaluated in the light of challenges posed bystructuralist and post-structuralist theory. Including detailed discussions of such thinkers as Kenneth Burke, Clifford Geertz, Mikhail Bakhtin, Richard Rorty, Trilling, and Wilson, Gunn challenges the assumptions of modern criticism with a revised interpretation of pragmatism and its criticallegacy. Part critical analysis, part philosophical argument, part literary and cultural history, this work is a carefully delineated vision of what criticism actively engaged in its society can accomplish.

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'An elegantly written and, at points, passionately argued examination of the relation of criticism to culture in the modern world. The strengths of the book are many: it is vigorously argued, immensely learned, and cogent.'Bryan Wolf, Yale University

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Giles Gunn's important new work is at once a provocative defense of the kind of moral reflection once associated in America with the writings of Lionel Trilling and Edmund Wilson and an acknowledgement that this pragmatic legacy must be reevaluated in the light of challenges posed bystructuralist and post-structuralist theory. Includin...

Giles Gunn is at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.95 × 5.39 × 0.47 inPublished:April 1, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'An elegantly written and, at points, passionately argued examination of the relation of criticism to culture in the modern world. The strengths of the book are many: it is vigorously argued, immensely learned, and cogent.'Bryan Wolf, Yale University

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"A challenging and original book on cultural criticism."--J. Hillis Miller, University of California, Irvine