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The Fateful Question of Culture

The Wellek Library Lectures

By (author) Geoffrey H. Hartman
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York, United States
Published: 22nd Jan 1998
Dimensions: w 148mm h 210mm d 24mm
Weight: 480g
ISBN-10: 0231084900
ISBN-13: 9780231084901
Barcode No: 9780231084901
Synopsis
Examining a range of literature, philosophy, social criticism and popular culture, this text considers the meanings and uses of culture in contemporary society. It examines both the masterworks of European literature and the art and signs and symbols of popular media and daily life. The triumph of cultural studies - and its critiques of bourgeois Eurocentric tradition - is largely complete, the author writes. Against the political appropriation of culture, he posits, instead, a definition of culture as public conversation, intellectual and social debate among diverse communities. Against reactionary pressure to impose - or reinstate - a singular culture, or to seek in art or literature an affirmation of group identity, the author sketches new roles for the human imagination in a postmodern world.

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