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Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation

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Overview

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." Employing concepts drawn from Pierre Bourdieu's sociology, Guillory argues that canon formation must be understood less as a question of the representation of social groups than as a question of the distribution of "cultural capital" in the schools, which regulate access to literacy, to the practices of reading and writing.

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Guillory (English, Johns Hopkins U.) reframes the current debate as reflecting a "long-term decline in the cultural capital of literature." He examines the institutionalization of the "vernacular canon" in the 18th century; the rise of the New Critical canon in universities; and the advent of a "canon of theory" in the graduate schools. He reviews recent theoretical relations between aesthetics and value, and asserts that judgment should not be discredited. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226310435
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Ser.
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
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
Notes
Index

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