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The Making of the Modern Canon: Genesis and Crisis of a Literary Idea (Ann Arbor Paperbacks)

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This book is part of a series which moves the canon debate of the 1980s forward into a new multidisciplinary and cross-cultural phase by investigating problems of canon formation across the whole humanistic field. Some volumes explore the linguistic, political or anthropological dimensions of canonicity. Others examine the historical canons of individual disciplines. The important contribution to the canon debate is remarkable in examining the actual process of canon formation from three unusual and complementary angles. The first two chapters discuss historical attitudes to canons from antiquity onwards, showing the religious, aesthetic, cultural and political interests which have shaped our modern critical canons. Each of the four succeeding chapters examines an exemplary modern defendant, interpreter, or critic of canons: Ernst Gombrich, Northrop Frye, Frank Kermode, and Edward Said. A final chapter considers the origins and rationale of the contemporary debate, emphasizing the disciplinary and aesthetic problems we must confront if our cultural institutions are to meet the changing needs of the next century.

Synopsis:

This important contribution to the canon debate is remarkable in examining the actual process of canon formation from threee unusual and complementary angles. The first two chapters discuss historical attitudes to canons from antiquity onwards, showing the religious, aesthetic, cultural and political interests which have shaped our modern critical canons. Each of the four succeeding chapters examines an exemplary defendant, interpreter, or critic of canons; Ernst Gomrich, Northrop Frye, Frank Kermode and Edward Said. A final chapter considers the origins and rationale of the contemporary debate, emphasising the disciplinary and aesthetic problems we must confront if our cultural institutions are to meet the challenging needs of the next century. Professor Gorak teaches at the University of Denver. His publications include God the Artist (1987), Critic of Crisis (1987)and The Alien Mind of Raymond Williams (1988)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-298) and index.

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Professor Jan Gorak teaches at he University of Denver. His publications include God the Artist (1987), Critic of Crisis (1987) and The Alien Mind of Raymond Williams (1988).

Table of Contents

Series Editor's
Preface
Foreward
Introduction: The Canon Debate
More than Just a Rule: The Early History of the Canon
A Whole World of Reading: The Modern History of the Canon
Sir Ernst Gombrich and the Functionalist Canon
Northrop Frye and the Visionary Canon
Frank Kermode and the Canon of Interpretation
Edward Said and the Open Canon
Conclusion - Cultural Studies: Towards a New Canon?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780485113884
Author:
Gorak, Jan
Publisher:
Continnuum-3pl
Location:
London ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Canon (literature)
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Canon
Subject:
Christian Church - Canon & Ecclesiastical Law
Subject:
Christianity-Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Series:
Ann Arbor Paperbacks
Series Volume:
no. 25
Publication Date:
19901231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 in

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"Synopsis" by , This important contribution to the canon debate is remarkable in examining the actual process of canon formation from threee unusual and complementary angles. The first two chapters discuss historical attitudes to canons from antiquity onwards, showing the religious, aesthetic, cultural and political interests which have shaped our modern critical canons. Each of the four succeeding chapters examines an exemplary defendant, interpreter, or critic of canons; Ernst Gomrich, Northrop Frye, Frank Kermode and Edward Said. A final chapter considers the origins and rationale of the contemporary debate, emphasising the disciplinary and aesthetic problems we must confront if our cultural institutions are to meet the challenging needs of the next century. Professor Gorak teaches at the University of Denver. His publications include God the Artist (1987), Critic of Crisis (1987)and The Alien Mind of Raymond Williams (1988)
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