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American Literary Criticism Since the 1930s by Vincent B. Leitch

By Vincent B. Leitch

American Literary feedback because the Thirties absolutely updates Vincent B. Leitch’s vintage e-book, American Literary feedback from the 30s to the 80s following the improvement of the yankee academy correct as much as the current day. up to date all through and with a new bankruptcy, this moment version: offers a severe historical past of yankee literary conception and perform, discussing the effect of significant faculties and routine examines the social and cultural heritage to literary learn, contemplating the function of key theories and practices offers profiles of significant figures and influential texts, outlining the connections between theorists offers a brand new bankruptcy on advancements because the Nineteen Eighties, together with discussions of feminist, queer, postcolonial and ethnic feedback. entire and interesting, this publication deals an important evaluation of the improvement of literary reviews in American universities, and a springboard to extra examine for all these drawn to the improvement and learn of Literature.

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298) Politics was one thing and aesthetics another. ” Like Farrell before him, the Marxist critic Bernard Smith, in his Forces in American Criticism: A Study in the History of American Literary Thought (1939), castigated Marxist critics for slighting aesthetics and separating form from content. At the same time Smith found little to admire in the aristocratic formalist criticism associated with Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, and T. S. Eliot: artistry and taste divorced from social purpose and political commitment were no substitute for substance.

While the United States remained neutral in this struggle, the Soviets supported the Spanish Republic against the fascists, earning the admiration of many people. Key intellectuals supported the efforts of the Communist Party during the 1930s—some as members and others as sympathizers (“fellow travelers”). In September 1932 fifty-three artists and scholars, including, among others, Newton Arvin, Malcolm Cowley, Granville Hicks, Sidney Hook, and Edmund Wilson, signed a letter in support of the revolutionary Communist Party and of the presidential candidacy of William Z.

He or she was potentially a diagnostician and a revolutionary capable of assisting in the work of social revolution and reconstruction. Just as the socioeconomic base of society determined the ideological superstructure, so the forces of ideology could feed back to transform social foundations. Art had a role to play in social revolution. Again, Calverton sought for liberation of literature and life. It would be a mistake to regard Calverton’s The Liberation of American Literature as something completely new in American literary studies.

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