Communities of Cultural Value

Communities of Cultural Value : Reception Study, Political Differences, and Literary History

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 144.8 x 223.5 x 20.3mm | 362.88g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739102621
  • 9780739102626

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Reception Theory's understanding of textual meaning as the social and historical life of texts gives it a metacritical status in relation to other interpretive discourses, which are themselves a part of that life. Philip Goldstein's Communities of Cultural Value makes an important move in putting reception theory back on the agenda of literary and cultural studies. -- John Frow, University of Edinburghshow more

About Philip Goldstein

Philip Goldstein is Professor of English at the University of Delaware. He is the editor of Reception Study: From Literary Theory to Cultural Studies (2000), and Styles of Cultural Activism: From Theory and Pedagogy to Women, Indians and Communism (1993). He is author of The Politics of Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Marxist Cultural Theory (1990).show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Reception Study in a Multicultural Era Chapter 2 Cultural Value and Poststructionalist Theory: The Case for a Leftwing Reception Study Chapter 3 Marxism and/as Humanism: The Reception of Hamlet Chapter 4 Feminism and Poststructionalist Criticism: The Reception of Pride and Prejudice Chapter 5 Conformity and Resistance in High Art: From Thomas Hardy to Toni Morrison Chapter 6 Gender, Spies, and Art: Ian Fleming, John Le Carre, Mickey Spillane, and Sara Paretsky Chapter 7 Orwell as a (Neo)conservative: The Reception of 1984 Chapter 8 Critical Realism or Black Modernism? The Reception of Their Eyes Were Watching Godshow more