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The Resource The self-help compulsion : searching for advice in modern literature, Beth Blum

The self-help compulsion : searching for advice in modern literature, Beth Blum

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The self-help compulsion : searching for advice in modern literature
Title
The self-help compulsion
Title remainder
searching for advice in modern literature
Statement of responsibility
Beth Blum
Title variation
Searching for advice in modern literature
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Samuel Beckett as a guru for business executives? James Joyce as a guide to living a good life? The notion of notoriously experimental authors sharing a shelf with self-help books might seem far-fetched, yet a hidden history of rivalry, influence, and imitation links these two worlds. In The Self-Help Compulsion, Beth Blum reveals the profound entanglement of modern literature and commercial advice from the late nineteenth century to the present day"--
  • "Blum explores popular reading practices in which people turn to literature in search of practical advice alongside modern writers' rebukes of such instrumental purposes. As literary authors positioned themselves in opposition to people like Samuel Smiles and Dale Carnegie, readers turned to self-help for the promises of mobility, agency, and use that serious literature was reluctant to supply. Blum unearths a series of unlikely cases of the love-hate relationship between serious fiction and commercial advice, from Gustave Flaubert's mockery of early DIY culture to Dear Abby's cutting diagnoses of Nathanael West and from Virginia Woolf's ambivalent polemics against self-improvement to the ways that contemporary global authors such as Mohsin Hamid and Tash Aw explicitly draw on the self-help genre. She traces the self-help industry's tendency to quote, repurpose, and adapt literary wisdom and considers what self-help might have to teach today's university. Offering a new account of self-help's origins, appeal, and cultural and literary import around the world, this book reveals that self-help's most valuable secrets are not about getting rich or winning friends but about how and why people read" --
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blum, Beth
Dewey number
809/.93353
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN3352.P7
LC item number
B58 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fiction
  • Fiction
  • Psychology in literature
  • Psychology and literature
  • Psychological literature
  • Books and reading
  • Reading interests
  • Self-help techniques
  • Books and reading
  • Fiction
  • Psychological literature
  • Psychology and literature
  • Psychology in literature
  • Reading interests
  • Self-help techniques
Label
The self-help compulsion : searching for advice in modern literature, Beth Blum
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-318) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Self-help's portable wisdom -- Bouvard and Pécuchet: Flaubert's DIY dystopia -- Negative visualization -- Joyce for life -- Modernism without tears -- Practicality hunger -- Coda: The shadow university of self-help
Control code
1107158183
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 328 pages
Isbn
9780231194921
Lccn
2019023320
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1107158183
Label
The self-help compulsion : searching for advice in modern literature, Beth Blum
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-318) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Self-help's portable wisdom -- Bouvard and Pécuchet: Flaubert's DIY dystopia -- Negative visualization -- Joyce for life -- Modernism without tears -- Practicality hunger -- Coda: The shadow university of self-help
Control code
1107158183
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 328 pages
Isbn
9780231194921
Lccn
2019023320
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1107158183

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