The Logic of Culture: Authority and Identity in the Modern Era / Edition 1

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Overview

In contrast to other books on 'culture', this study does not provide a history of the concept, rather it proposes an analysis of what might be called the underlying grammar or logic of the category. Ray argues that the disparate models, ideologies, and ethics that have been advanced in the name of culture -- or in opposition to it -- all derive from a fundamental shift in our ways of thinking about law, authority, and social life that occurred well before the advent of modernity.

This overview shows how the new logic formed in the collective imagination under pressure from discursive innovations in areas such as periodical journalism, the novel, educational theory, and the art museum. Blending close analysis of these mechanisms in eighteenth-century France into a broad historical and theoretical synthesis, Ray argues that the logic of culture, now as then, induces us to determine our proper place within the social hierarchy, consolidates belief in law through its critique, and inculcates norms through the organization of dissent.

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"This densely and incisively written book provides a compelling theoretical framework for the understanding of the "logic" of culture in modern times. From the rhetoric of the French Revolution to contemporary museum displays, from Schiller's aesthetics to concepts broached by Matthew Arnold, Foucault and Bourdieu, Ray engages a variety of periods, genres, issues, and regimes of thought with mastery and elegance. A major accomplishment and a fascinating read!" Bernadette Fort, Northwestern University and Editor of Eighteenth-Century Studies

"A tightly argued and coherent account of the conflicting impulses within culture, Ray's study will take its rightful place among the best recent work on the intricacies of culture." John C. O'Neal, Hamilton College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631213437
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: New Perspectives on the Past Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William Ray teaches literature, literary theory, and the Humanities at Reed College. He has previously taught at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and the University of Oregon. His previous books include Literary Meaning (Blackwell Publishers, 1984) and Story and History (Blackwell Publishers, 1990) He is currently working on the evolution of fiction in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as a mechanism of social stratification.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Preface
Introduction: The Paradox of Culture 1
1 The Roots of Cultural Logic 13
2 Inventing Culture 34
3 Instituting Culture 79
4 Culture, Critique, and Community 145
Notes 193
Index 207
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