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Bleak liberalism / Amanda Anderson.

Author/Creator:
Anderson, Amanda, 1960- author.
Publication:
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016. , ©2016
Format/Description:
Book
x, 171 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Liberalism in literature.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Realism in literature.
Modernism (Literature)
Politics and literature.
Literature -- Philosophy.
Liberalism.
American literature.
English literature.
Liberalism.
Liberalism in literature.
Literature -- Philosophy.
Modernism (Literature)
Politics and literature
Realism in literature.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
Why is liberalism so often dismissed by thinkers from both the left and the right? To those calling for wholesale transformation or claiming a monopoly on "realistic" conceptions of humanity, liberalism's assured progressivism can seem hard to swallow. Bleak Liberalism makes the case for a renewed understanding of the liberal tradition, showing that it is much more attuned to the complexity of political life than conventional accounts have acknowledged. Anderson examines canonical works of high realism, political novels from England and the United States, and modernist works to argue that liberalism has engaged sober and even stark views of historical development, political dynamics, and human and social psychology. From Charles Dickens's Bleak House and Hard Times to E. M. Forster's Howards End to Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook, this literature demonstrates that liberalism has inventive ways of balancing sociological critique and moral aspiration. A deft blend of intellectual history and literary analysis, Bleak Liberalism reveals a richer understanding of one of the most important political ideologies of the modern era.
Contents:
Bleak liberalism
Liberalism in the age of high realism
Revisiting the political novel
The liberal aesthetic in the postwar era: the case of Trilling and Adorno
Bleak liberalism and the realism/modernism debate: Ellison and Lessing.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780226923512
0226923517
9780226923529
0226923525
9780226923536
OCLC:
944087633
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