American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual by Phillip Barrish

By Phillip Barrish

targeting key works of past due 19th- and early twentieth-century American literary realism, Phillip Barrish lines the emergence of latest methods of gaining highbrow status - that's, new methods of gaining cultural acceptance as surprisingly clever, delicate or perhaps clever. via prolonged readings of works through Henry James, William Dean Howells, Abraham Cahan and Edith Wharton, Barrish emphasises the diversities among literary realist modes of highbrow and cultural authority and people linked to the increase of the social sciences. In doing so, he vastly refines our knowing of the complicated dating among realist writing and masculinity. Barrish extra argues that knowing the dynamics of highbrow prestige in realist literature offers new analytic buy on highbrow status in fresh serious conception. the following he makes a speciality of such figures as Lionel Trilling, Paul de guy, John Guillory and Judith Butler.

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