Communities of Cultural Value: Reception Study, Political Differences, and Literary History

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Lexington Books, 2001 - 241 páginas
Philip Goldstein is fast establishing himself as the doyen of 'reception study, ' a discipline that assumes that the reader's interpretive practices explain a text's import. In his latest work, Communities of Cultural Value, Goldstein delves again into the realm of literary criticism, painting an absorbing picture of the changing nature of a growing, more diversified readership and its challenge to professional literary study. Goldstein's PostMarxist approach investigates how interpretive communities govern the reader's practices, through lucid case studies that analyze the reception of texts and authors ranging from Jane Austen to John Le CarrZ. Communities of Cultural Values is an important addition to the continuing debate over art's aesthetic autonomy and the role of literary criticism in the 1990s, and it will be most valuable to readers seeking to chart the changing socio-historical condition of literary study.

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Cultural Value and Poststructuralist Theory The Case for a LeftWing Reception Study
31
Marxism andas Humanism The Reception of Hamlet
53
Feminism and Poststructuralist Criticism The Reception of Pride and Prejudice
83
Conformity and Resistance in High Art From Thomas Hardy to Toni Morrison
113
Gender Spies and Art Ian Fleming John Le Carre Mickey Spillane and Sara Paretsky
141
Orwell as a Neoconservative The Reception of 1984
165
Critical Realism or Black Modernism? The Reception of Their Eyes Were Watching God
181
The Limits of Reception Study
199
Bibliography
209
Index
235
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Philip Goldstein is Professor of English at the University of Delaware. He is the editor of Reception Study: From Literary Theory to Cultural Studies (2000), and Styles of Cultural Activism: From Theory and Pedagogy to Women, Indians and Communism (1993). He is author of The Politics of Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Marxist Cultural Theory (1990).

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