New PDF release: Rereading Leavis: Culture and Literary Criticism

By G. Day

ISBN-10: 0333629000

ISBN-13: 9780333629000

This ebook deals a miles wanted reassessment of F.R. Leavis. Gary Day argues that post-structuralist thought has outlined itself towards Leavis whilst actually there are particular parallels among the 2 sorts of feedback. Day additionally attracts realization to the connections among Leavis's early paintings and the emergent discourses of consumerism and medical administration. particularly he notes how on the centre of every is a picture of the physique and he analyses what this implies for Leavis's belief of analyzing. via situating Leavis with regards to the worries of post-structuralism and through finding him firmly in his ancient context, Day is ready to chart how some distance feedback can justly declare to be oppositional. even as, Day is ready to get well from Leavis's paintings a proposal of price; a subject matter that's turning into more and more very important in literary and cultural stories this day.

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And indeed, the accent of his work falls precisely on this struggle. The economic metaphor, so unsatisfactory in many ways, nevertheless enables Leavis to take up the cudgels on behalf of a beleaguered culture. Furthermore, by revealing, albeit unintentionally, the arbitrary nature of value and then arguing with great earnestness and conviction for his own particular conception of culture, Leavis challenges the reader to consider his or her own views on the subject. His challenge is no less effective because there is a gap between his tacit view that culture has essential worth and his metaphor which suggests the opposite.

The problem is that these examples of civilisation exhibit features that belong to culture. Leavis's insistence on difference reveals similarities. One of the first comments Leavis makes about advertising is that the word 'may be taken to cover a great deal more than comes formally under that head' (MC & MC, p. 22). Yet this also 'Mass Civilisation and Minority Culture' 25 applies to culture which, as language, is 'a metaphor that is metonymy also and will bear a good deal of pondering' (p. 15).

15) whereas the latter are identified with emotion in its 'cheapest' form (p. 21). The divide between the adult and childish public is seen therefore in terms of greater or lesser consciousness and, as such, it lends itself to an understanding along the lines of the Freudian model, though it cannot be reduced to it. One of the key concepts of psychoanalysis is the Oedipus complex and this offers a way of understanding the relations between the 'adult' and the 'childish' public. For example, Leavis observes that 'parents are helpless to deal with their children' (p.

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