Literary / Liberal Entanglements: Toward a Literary History for the Twenty-First Century
In Literary/Liberal Entanglements, Corrinne Harol and Mark Simpson bring together ten essays by scholars from a wide range of fields in English studies in order to interrogate the complex, entangled relationship between the history of literature and the history of liberalism. The volume has three goals: to investigate important episodes in the entanglement of literary history and liberalism; to analyze the impact of this entanglement on the secular and democratic projects of modernity; and thereby to reassess the dynamics of our neoliberal present. The volume is organized into a series of paired essays, with each pair investigating a concept central to both literature and liberalism: acting, socializing, discriminating, recounting, and culturing. Collectively, the essays demonstrate the vivid capacity of literary study writ large to reckon with, imagine, and materialize durative accounts of history and politics. Literary/Liberal Entanglements models a method of literary history for the twenty-first century.
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- Page Count: 344 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
"Literary/Liberal Entanglements is timely, lively, provocative, and at once disturbing and fascinating in its implications for the future of what we still very broadly call ‘literary studies.’. The essays in the volume, both individually and collectively, demonstrate with rigour, accessibility, clarity of purpose, and respect for the historio-‐cultural context, nuance, and habitus of each object of study why the work of the literary and of literary analysis not just matters or is relevant but demands our attention."
Joel Faflak, Department of English, Western University
"Literary/Liberal Entanglements is a solid and at times brilliant contribution to contemporary debates on its titular themes in the humanities."
Michael Trask, Department of English, University of Kentucky
Author InformationCorrinne Harol is an associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.
Mark Simpson is an associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.
Table of contents
Corrinne Harol and Mark Simpson
I Acting: Liberal Subjects and Objects
1. Posthuman Capital, or I ♥ Apocalypse
2. The Wish to Be an Object
II Socializing: Aesthetic Autonomies and Collectivities
3. Full Content: Shaw’s Paratexts, Social Liberalism, and Harmonization
4. Refreshments of Revolutionary Mood
III Discriminating: Liberal Ethics and Literary Aesthetics
5. Playing at Judgment: Aporias of Liberal Freedom in Kant’s Critique of Judgment
6. In Frankenberg’s Cafeteria: The Small Worlds of Highsmith’s The Price of Salt
IV Recounting: Literary Evidence and Liberal Narration
7. The Proletarian Thirties and Canadian Literary History
8. The Corporate Reconstruction of American Literary History
V Culturing: Economics, Institutions and the Imagination
9. The Empire Digs Back: Kew Gardens, the Assistant for India, and the Problem of Knowledge Production after Empire
10. “They Make Their Own Tragedies, Too”: Harvey Swados and Postwar Liberalism’s Discourse of Dependency 389
Subjects and Courses