Writing the Radical Center

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Overview

Placing the philosopher John Dewey and the poet William Carlos Williams together - two important figures of twentieth-century American culture - this book examines the ambitions and failings of progressive liberal culture during the first half of the twentieth century. This book shows that, while their work ostensibly shares little in common, Williams and Dewey share the ambition to realize the radical potential of a democratic cultural politics. Including close readings of texts like Williams's Spring and All, In the American Grain, and Paterson, and Dewey's Individualism Old and New and Art as Experience, Beck offers an important contribution to current debates over the relationship between politics and cultural production.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791451199
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Articulating Democracy: a metaphysical mathematics of the incommensurable 9
2 Aesthetics as a Field of Action 35
3 Learning Democracy 57
4 Tactus Eruditus: a reply with the bare hands 79
5 Why I Am Not a Communist 107
6 Paterson: beautiful but expensive 135
Conclusion 157
Notes 171
Bibliography 187
Index 195
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