Communities of Cultural Value

Communities of Cultural Value

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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.Indeed, Pride and Prejudice criticizes social life more forcefully than most of its traditional and poststructuralist critics ... 1 For example, not only does the novel satirize the middle- class vulgarity of Mrs. Bennet, the childish frivolity of Lydia andanbsp;...

Title:Communities of Cultural Value
Author: Philip Goldstein
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2001-01-01

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