American Cultural Critics

Edited by David Murray

American Cultural Critics

Edited by David Murray

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

304 pages | 9 x 5-7/10 | © 1996
Paper $29.50 ISBN: 9780859894043 Published January 2005 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This collection of essays assesses the work of a number of American intellectuals, including Susan Sontag, F.O. Mathieson, Daniel Bell and Hannah Arendt, who have addressed issues of culture and its multifaceted relations to politics, history, sociology and literary criticism. Concentrating on writing since 1940, the essays examine the central themes of American postwar intellectual history, including the continuing reaction to (or against) modernity and technology, the legacies of Marxism and psychoanalysis, and the re-examination of American founding principles and figures in conservative or liberal terms.
Introduction by David Murray

1. Southern Literary and Intellectual History in the Twentieth Century: The Agrarians to Richard Weaver by Michael Kreylong

2. The Agony of the Avant-Garde: Philip Rhav and the New York Intellectuals by Hugh Wilford

3. F.O.Matthiessen's "Devotion to the Possibilities of Democracy" and his Place as an American Intellectual by Richard Bradbury

4. Susan Sontag: The Intellectual and Cultural Criticism by Liam Kennedy

5. Stanley Cavell: Must We Believe What We Say? by Michael Wood

6. The Person in Place: Lewis Mumford, Pioneer of Cultural Criticism by Clive Bush)

7. Coming of Age in America: Margaret Mead and Karen Horney by Helen Carr

8. Erik H.Erikson's Critical Themes and Voices: The Task of Synthesis by Lawrence J. Friedman

9. Philip Rieff by Jerry Z. Muller

10. Hannah Arendt by Richard H. King

11. Garry Willis by Stephen J. Whitfield

13. Culture at Modernity's End: Daniel Bell and Fredric Jameson by Nick Heffernan

Review Quotes
Borderlines: Studies in American Culture
“Each essay exposes stronger connections than one might imagine between the lives and writings of some of America's important critics. What is nice about the entire collection is that each essay spends more time on history and biography than critical analysis.” –Borderlines: Studies in American Culture,Vol.4 , No. 1 (1997)
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