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High Resolution : Critical Theory and the Problem of Literacy

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At the heart of this important new book is the tension between literacy and the open acknowledgement of discrepancies within social and linguistic fields on the one hand, and what Sussman terms the resolving function, the utopian picture of harmony depicted by the state and large organizations, on the other. Combining literary theory with close textual readings of works by Hawthorne, Melville, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, and Italo Calvino, this book is the first to explore the socio-political correlatives to literary studies - the mass media's ambivalence towards the linguistic apprehensions and skills that make them possible.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 145.5 x 218.2 x 27.2mm | 562.34g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195055039
  • 9780195055030

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'High Resolution' examines the predicament of literacy in mass culture from the perspective of contemporary critical theory. Sussman argues that there is tension between literacy and the open acknowledgment of discrepancies within social and linguistic fields on the one hand, and what he terms the resolving function, the utopian picture of harmony depicted by the state and large organizations, on the other.show more

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'This book confronts an important and timely subject from a unique point of view ... Sussman's book makes a brilliant contribution to the thinking through of the question it poses.' J. Hillis Miller, University of California, Irvineshow more