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Title New historicism and cultural materialism : a reader / edited by Kiernan Ryan
Published London ; New York : Arnold ; New York, NY : Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 1996


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Description xviii, 214 pages ; 25 cm
Contents 1. The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man / Clifford Geertz -- 2. Panopticism / Michel Foucault -- 3. Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses / Louis Althusser -- 4. Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory / Raymond Williams -- 5. Differance / Jacques Derrida -- 6. Theses on the Philosophy of History / Walter Benjamin -- 7. Marxism and the New Historicism / Catherine Gallagher -- 8. Resonance and Wonder / Stephen Greenblatt -- 9. Cultural Materialism, Othello, and the Politics of Plausibility / Alan Sinfield -- 10. Towards Cultural History - in Theory and Practice / Catherine Belsey -- 11. Historical Criticism and the Claims of Humanism / Lee Patterson -- 12. The New Historicism: Back to the Future / Marjorie Levinson -- 13. Measure for Measure as Social Text / Jonathan Goldberg -- 14. "Nymphs and Reapers Heavily Vanish": The Discursive Con-texts of The Tempest / Francis Barker and Peter Hulme -- 15. Robinson Crusoe and the Rise of the Penitentiary / John Bender -- 16. Blake's "London": The Language of Experience / Heather Glen -- 17. The Politics of Domestic Fiction: Dickens, Thackeray and the Brontes / Nancy Armstrong -- 18. The Third World of Criticism: From Aeschylus to Ezra Pound / Jerome McGann
Summary New Historicism and Cultural Materialism have become two of the most powerful and appealing movements in modern criticism. Their initial conquest of Renaissance studies has escalated into a global colonisation of English and American literary history. A wealth of innovative work has emerged on everything from the Canterbury Tales to the Cantos, bringing intense theoretical controversy in its wake. This Reader pulls the diversity and polemical vigour of this new critical constellation into focus for the first time. The Introduction identifies the key concerns of both approaches, unpacks their theoretical assumptions and clarifies their chief points of convergence and antagonism. The first group of essays locates the intellectual sources of New Historicism and Cultural Materialism in figures such as Foucault, Benjamin, Althusser and Derrida. The second mounts a theoretical debate between prominent exponents and opponents of both kinds of criticism, including Stephen Greenblatt, Catherine Belsey, Alan Sinfield and Catherine Gallagher. The final group carries this debate forward through a wide range of critical readings, which illustrate the impact of New Historicism and Cultural Materialism on the novels, plays and poems of authors ranging from Aeschylus to Ezra Pound
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [183]-205) and index
Subject Criticism.
Marxist criticism.
Materialism in literature.
New Historicism.
Author Ryan, Kiernan, 1950-
LC no. 96005594
ISBN 0340614587 (paperback)
0340663073 (hb.)