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Fiction Sets You Free

Fiction Sets You Free

by Russell A. Berman


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In what can only be called a genuine intellectual adventure, Russell Berman raises fundamental questions long ignored by literary scholars; Why does literature command our attention at all? Why would society want to cultivate a sphere of activity devoted to the careful study of literary fiction? Written as a tonic to what he calls the debilitating cultural relativism of contemporary literary studies, Fiction Sets You Free advances the innovative argument that literature and capitalism, rather than representing merely commercialization, actually belie a long and positive association: literary autonomy is a central part of modern Western culture, thoroughly intertwined with political democracy and free market capitalism.

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ISBN-13: 9781587296048
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 12/01/2007
Edition description: 1
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Russell Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, where he holds appointments in the Department of German Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature. He is the author of seven books, including Modern Culture and Critical Theory: Art, Politics, and the Legacy of the Frankfurt School and Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture.

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