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The Culture of Criticism and the Criticism of Culture First Edition Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0195041613
ISBN-10: 0195041615
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From Library Journal

Gunn seeks to reconceive and reconstitute a moral perspective in literary-cultural criticism in the face of the outright "disbelief" in its possibility and value that prevails. The American tradition of pragmatism, he finds, holds the solution, and his best chapters examine the work of Clifford Geertz and Kenneth Burke in this light. Less convincingly, he ruminates on the tendency of deconstruction to approach areas of experience associated with the sacred and its potential for revitalizing the study of the relationship among literature, culture, and religion. Given the importance Gunn attaches to the moral perspective, his insistently old-fashioned and jargon-laden prose is unfortunatesomething only specialists and the converted will tolerate. Richard Kuczkowski, Dir., Continuing Education, Dominican Coll., Blauvelt, N.Y.
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"A tour de force of cultural criticism from then till now."--Quarterly Journal of Speech

"His touch is suave and his grip is firm..."--Christopher Ricks, The New York Times Book Review

"[An] ambitious and successful project...Gunn's thoughtful explanations, wide erudition, and formidable intellect make his book well worth the effort required to read it....Absolutely essential for all academic libraries. Strongly recommended."--Choice

"An original and authoritative contribution to contemporary critical theory. It is brilliantly responsive to current European Post-Modernist discussions of the future of culture itself....He articulates a distinctly American perspective on the relationship of experience to language, and in the process redefines the rules of the game of the newly-emerging field of cultural criticism."--Hayden White, University of California at Santa Cruz

"If you feel either the craving or the obligation to go on a tour of the jungles, the deserts and the scapes of cultural theory, you could not bespeak a better guide than Giles Gunn. Courteous, clear and very well informed, he puts himself entirely at your service....His touch is suave and his grip is firm..."--Christopher Ricks, The New York Times Book Review

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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