Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel

Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel

by Jonathan Arac

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ISBN-13: 9780823231799
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 12/09/2010
Edition description: 3
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Arac is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of many books, most recently The Emergence of American Literary Narrative, 1820–1860 and Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target: The Functions of Criticism in Our Time.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part I Politics and the Canon

1 The Impact of Shakespeare: Goethe to Melville 3

2 The Media of Sublimity: Johnson and Lamb on King Lear 24

3 Hamlet, Little Dorrit, and the History of Character 34

4 The Struggle for the Cultural Heritage: Christina Stead Refunctions Charles Dickens and Mark Twain 47

5 The Birth of Huck's Nation 62

Part II Language and Reality in the Age of the Novel

6 Narrative Form and Social Sense in Bleak House and The French Revolution 79

7 Rhetoric and Realism: Hyperbole in The Mill on the Floss 94

8 Rhetoric and Realism; or, Marxism, Deconstruction, and Madame Bovary 111

9 Baudelaire's Impure Transfers: Allegory, Translation, Prostitution, Correspondence 125

10 Huckleberry Finn without Polemic 155

Notes 169

Index 197

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