The Scholar's Art: Literary Studies in a Managed World

Paperback | May 15, 2006

byJerome J. McGann

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For Jerome McGann, the purpose of scholarship is to preserve and pass on cultural heritage, a feat accomplished through discussion among scholars and interested nonspecialists. In The Scholar’s Art, a collection of thirteen essays, McGann both addresses and exemplifies that discussion and the vocation it supports. 

Of particular interest to McGann is the demise of public discourse about poetry.  That poetry has become recondite is, to his mind, at once a problem for how scholars do their work and a general cultural emergency. The Scholar’s Art asks what could be gained by reimagining the way scholars have codified the literary and cultural history of the past two hundred years and goes on to provide a series of case studies that illustrate how scholarly method can help bring about such reimaginings.  McGann closes with a discussion of technology’s ability to harness the reimagination of cultural memory and concludes with exemplary acts of critical reflection. 

Astute observation from one of America’s most bracing and original commentators on the place of literature in twenty-first century culture, The Scholar’s Art proposes new ways—cultural, philological, and technological—to reimagine our literary past and future.

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For Jerome McGann, the purpose of scholarship is to preserve and pass on cultural heritage, a feat accomplished through discussion among scholars and interested nonspecialists. In The Scholar’s Art, a collection of thirteen essays, McGann both addresses and exemplifies that discussion and the vocation it supports.  Of particular intere...

Jerome McGann is the John Stewart Bryan Professor of English at the University of Virginia. The author of four books of poetry and the editor of numerous works, including the definitive edition of Byron, McGann was awarded the Modern Language Association’s Lowell Prize for best literary study for his 2001 book, Radiant Textuality: Lite...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:May 15, 2006Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226500853

ISBN - 13:9780226500850

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Loose Canons
Part One: "Not My Literary History!"
1. High Instincts and Real Presences: Two Romantic Responses to the Death of Beauty
2. Romanticism, Post-Romanticism, and the Afterlife of Cultural Authority
3. The Life of the Dead: Laura Riding and the History of Twentieth-Century Writing

Part Two: Philological Investigations
4. My Kinsman Walter Scott
5. Tennyson and the Artists of the Beautiful
6. Beauty, a (Nineteenth-Century) User's Manual
7. Mr. James and His Discovery

Part Three: Interpretation in a New Key
8. Interpretation as a Game That Must Be Lost
9. Visible Language, Interface, Ivanhoe
 
Part Four: Humanism for the Twenty-First Century
10. Impossible Fiction; or, The Importance of Being John Cowper Powys
11. Beauty, the Irreal, and the Willing Assumption of Disbelief

Coda: The Scholar's Art
Notes
Works Cited
Index