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The Resource Cultural capital : the problem of literary canon formation, John Guillory

Cultural capital : the problem of literary canon formation, John Guillory

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Cultural capital : the problem of literary canon formation
Title
Cultural capital
Title remainder
the problem of literary canon formation
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John Guillory
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Language
eng
Summary
  • In Cultural Capital, John Guillory challenges the most fundamental premises of the canon debate by resituating the problem of canon formation in an entirely new theoretical framework. The result is a book that promises to recast not only the debate about the literary curriculum but also the controversy over "multiculturalism" and the current "crisis of the humanities."
  • Guillory argues that canon formation must be understood less as a question of representing social groups in the canon than of distributing "cultural capital" in the schools, which regulate access to literacy, the practices of reading and writing. He declines to reduce the history of canon formation to one of individual reputations or the ideological contents of particular works, arguing that a critique of the canon fixated on the concept of authorial identity overlooks historical transformations in the forms of cultural capital that have underwritten judgments of individual authors. The most important of these transformations is the emergence of "literature" in the later eighteenth century as the name of the cultural capital of the bourgeoisie
  • In three case studies, Guillory charts the rise and decline of the category of "literature" as the organizing principle of canon formation in the modern period. He considers the institutionalization of the English vernacular canon in eighteenth-century primary schools; the polemic on behalf of a New Critical modernist canon in the university; and the appearance of a "canon of theory" supplementing the literary curriculum in the graduate schools and marking the onset of a terminal crisis of literature as the dominant form of cultural capital in the schools
  • The final chapter of Cultural Capital examines recent theories of value judgment, which have strongly reaffirmed cultural relativism as the necessary implication of canon critique. Contrasting the relativist position with Pierre Bourdieu's very different sociology of judgment, Guillory concludes that the object of a revisionary critique of aesthetic evaluation should not be to discredit judgment, but to reform the conditions of its practice in the schools by universalizing access to the means of literary production and consumption
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COO
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Guillory, John
Dewey number
820.9
Index
index present
LC call number
PR21
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
PR21
NAL item number
(INTERNET)
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Capitalism and literature
  • Literature and society
  • Canon (Literature)
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Canon (Literature)
  • Capitalism and literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Literature and society
  • Letterkunde
  • Canon
  • Engels
  • Ästhetik
  • Kanon
  • Literatur
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Canons littéraires
  • Capitalisme et littérature
  • Littérature et société
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Cultural capital : the problem of literary canon formation, John Guillory
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-383) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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mixed
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Critique. 1. Canonical and Noncanonical: The Current Debate -- pt. 2. Case Studies. 2. Mute Inglorious Miltons: Gray, Wordsworth, and the Vernacular Canon. 3. Ideology and Canonical Form: The New Critical Canon. 4. Literature after Theory: The Lesson of Paul de Man -- pt. 3. Aesthetics. 5. The Discourse of Value: From Adam Smith to Barbara Herrnstein Smith
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733997032
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1 online resource (xv, 392 pages)
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online
Isbn
9780226310015
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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unknown
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Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)733997032
Label
Cultural capital : the problem of literary canon formation, John Guillory
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-383) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Critique. 1. Canonical and Noncanonical: The Current Debate -- pt. 2. Case Studies. 2. Mute Inglorious Miltons: Gray, Wordsworth, and the Vernacular Canon. 3. Ideology and Canonical Form: The New Critical Canon. 4. Literature after Theory: The Lesson of Paul de Man -- pt. 3. Aesthetics. 5. The Discourse of Value: From Adam Smith to Barbara Herrnstein Smith
Control code
733997032
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 392 pages)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226310015
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)733997032

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