Literature against Itself: Literary Ideas in Modern Society

Literature against Itself: Literary Ideas in Modern Society

by Gerald Graff, Ivan R Dee Inc.
     
 

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Since its first publication more than fifteen years ago, Literature Against Itself has achieved wide recognition as the first major critique of post-1960s cultural radicalism—and still, one of the best. In it, Gerald Graff argues that the reigning strategies for defending literature now end up by trivializing it, and he analyzes why and how they have gone

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Since its first publication more than fifteen years ago, Literature Against Itself has achieved wide recognition as the first major critique of post-1960s cultural radicalism—and still, one of the best. In it, Gerald Graff argues that the reigning strategies for defending literature now end up by trivializing it, and he analyzes why and how they have gone wrong. He charges that our leading literary critics, whether they claim to be traditionalists or innovators, have taken positions that ultimately undermine the authority of art, literature, and criticism itself. "An extraordinarily important book, biting and cogent on every page."—Robert Boyers, Salmagundi. "In this recoil from the current anarchy of interpretation, Graff has affirmed that 'literary thinking is inseparable from social and moral thinking."'—New York Times Book Review. "A wonderfully trenchant and illuminating inquiry… the shrewdness and cogency of his commentary are constantly arresting."—Virginia Quarterly Review.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
Indispensable.
Salmagundi
An extraordinarily important book, biting and cogent on every page.
— Robert Boyers
New York Times Book Review
In this recoil from the current anarchy of interpretation, Graff has affirmed that ëliterary thinking is inseparable from social and moral thinking.
CHOICE
Indispensable.
New York Times
In this recoil from the current anarchy of interpretation, Graff has affirmed that ëliterary thinking is inseparable from social and moral thinking.
The New York Times
In this recoil from the current anarchy of interpretation, Graff has affirmed that ëliterary thinking is inseparable from social and moral thinking.
Salmagundi - Robert Boyers
An extraordinarily important book, biting and cogent on every page.
Virginia Quarterly Review
A wonderfully trenchant and illuminating inquiry...the shrewdness and cogency of his commentary are constantly arresting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566630979
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
1st Elephant pbk. ed
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Gerald Graff is George M. Pullman Professor of English and Education at the University of Chicago. His other books include Beyond the Culture Wars, Professing Literature, and The Myth of Cultural Decline.

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