Literature Against Itself: Literary Ideas in Modern Society

Gerald Graff (Author)
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Description

Since its first publication more than fifteen years ago, Literature Against Itself has achieved wide recognition as the first major critique of post-1960s cultural radicalism - and still one of the best. In it Gerald Graff argues that the reigning strategies for defending literature now end up by trivializing it, and he analyzes why and how they have gone wrong. He charges that our leading literary critics, whether they claim to be traditionalists or innovators, have taken positions that ultimately undermine the authority of art, literature, and criticism itself.

Product Details

Price
$12.95
Publisher
Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Publish Date
August 01, 1995
Pages
276
Dimensions
5.42 X 0.78 X 8.41 inches | 0.68 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781566630979
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About the Author

Gerald Graff is George M. Pullman Professor of English and Education at the University of Chicago. His other books include Beyond the Culture Wars, Professing Literature, and The Myth of Cultural Decline.

Reviews

An extraordinarily important book, biting and cogent on every page.--Robert Boyers "Salmagundi "
A wonderfully trenchant and illuminating inquiry...the shrewdness and cogency of his commentary are constantly arresting.--Virginia Quarterly Review
Indispensable.--CHOICE
In this recoil from the current anarchy of interpretation, Graff has affirmed that Ă«literary thinking is inseparable from social and moral thinking.--The New York Times