Cloth $67.00 ISBN: 9780226310435 Published July 1993
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226310442 Published March 1995
E-book $7.00 to $27.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226310015 Published September 2013

Cultural Capital

The Problem of Literary Canon Formation

John Guillory

Cultural Capital
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John Guillory

408 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1993
Cloth $67.00 ISBN: 9780226310435 Published July 1993
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226310442 Published March 1995
E-book $7.00 to $27.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226310015 Published September 2013
John Guillory challenges the most fundamental premises of the canon debate by resituating the problem of canon formation in an entirely new theoretical framework. The result is a book that promises to recast not only the debate about the literary curriculum but also the controversy over "multiculturalism" and the current "crisis of the humanities." Employing concepts drawn from Pierre Bourdieu's sociology, Guillory argues that canon formation must be understood less as a question of the representation of social groups than as a question of the distribution of "cultural capital" in the schools, which regulate access to literacy, to the practices of reading and writing.

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Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1: Critique
1: Canonical and Noncanonical: The Current Debate
Pt. 2: Case Studies
2: Mute Inglorious Miltons: Gray, Wordsworth, and the Vernacular Canon
3: Ideology and Canonical Form: The New Critical Canon
4: Literature after Theory: The Lesson of Paul de Man
Pt. 3: Aesthetics
5: The Discourse of Value: From Adam Smith to Barbara Herrnstein Smith
Notes
Index
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