The Critical Twilight: Explorations in the Ideology of by John Fekete

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First released in 1977, this booklet used to be the 1st to map broadly the ideological typography of the Anglo-American culture of literary concept. It interrogates, comprehensively and intimately, the assumptions and specific improvement inside severe principles from I. A. Richards and T. S. Eliot, via John Crowe Ransom and the hot feedback, to Northrop Frye and Marshall NcLuhan. This research finds the Anglo-American culture of literary-cultural conception is so much accurately intelligible in the total box of social realization as an ideology of innovative cultural explanation. opposed to a heritage of ideological improvement on account that nineteenth-century Romanticism, John Fekete illuminates the limits of literary ideology in terms of the shapes and alterations of contemporary tradition and society.

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Persons who are mainly led, not by their class spirit, but by a general humane spirit, by the love of human perfection. . ,’26 These people with culture represent our ‘best self’ and should constitute the ‘source of authority’ in the society. Thus Arnold’s attempt to carry this culture to the workers involves a profound and far-reaching ideological bias in substituting the abolition of class consciousness and class identity for the abolition of class society. This Arnoldian view of a culture within which is superseded the structure of class conflict in social existence both disguises and reinforces real class domination.

However, the deformations of the French Revolution, evidenced in the static political organicism of Jacobin justice, and of the capitalist social relations being entrenched in urban-industrial England, occluding the possibilities of creating a world of direct, unmediated personal relations in an urban life form, eventually led the romantics essentially to recoil from social and political aspiration. This is not to deny that Blake, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, Southey, Byron, and Shelley, for example, all had political experience or that they were all deeply involved in the social questions of their age.

With regard to these, I have dispensed with the full apparatus of chapter notes and have adopted the following conventions. The first reference to a work listed below is noted among the chapter notes at the end of the book according to standard procedures. In the case of subsequent references to that work, the abbreviated title and page number follow the quotation in the text and are written thus: (GWT 358). If further quotations from the same work follow closely, only the page number appears in parentheses, for example (385).

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