American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880–1995


American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880–1995

Focusing on key works of late-nineteenth and early- twentieth-century American literary realism, Phillip Barrish traces the emergence of new ways of gaining intellectual prestige--that is, new ways of gaining some degree of cultural recognition. Through extended readings of works by Henry James, William Dean Howells, Abraham Cahan, and Edith Wharton, Barrish emphasizes the differences between realist modes of cultural authority and those associated with the rise of the social sciences.


 Reviews:

"...the words `dazzling' and `moving' to describe Barrish's interpretations partly beacause they had the cumulative effect of exerting, on this reader, their own `cognitive and emotional power.' The acute and layered analyses he refers to simply as `detailedly attentive readings' produced a realer American realism." South Central Review

"inventive and fresh." Modern Fiction Studies

"an important and impressive book." Studies in American Fiction

"a provocative book." American Literary Realism

"intriguing and original." The Henry James Review

"the author offers a fresh perspective of William Dean Howell, Henry James, Abraham Cahan, and Edith Wharton." CHOICE Jan 2002

"...a sensitive, often intriguing study." MFS

"[Barrish's] prose is ...elegant, layered, and worth a second reading.... It should be an influential book in the ongoing debate about what `really matters' in literary-critical studies." Novel

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