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AuthorGlicksberg, Charles I. author
TitleLiterature and Society [electronic resource] / by Charles I. Glicksberg
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1972
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Descript 274 p. online resource


1. Prolegomena The purpose of this book is to examine anew and from a number of different perspectives the highly complex and controversial relation between literature and society. This is not meant to be a study in sociology or political science; the analysis of literature - its structure, content, function, and effect - is our primary concern. What we shall try to find out is how the imaginative work is rooted in and grows out of the parent social body, to what extent it is influenced in subject matter as well as form and technique by the domiยญ nant climate of ideas in a given historical period, and to what degree and in what manner literature "influences" the society to which it is addressed. The stream of literary influence is of course difficult to trace to its putative source, for here we are not dealing, as in science, with isolated physical phenomena which can be fitted precisely within some cause-and-effect patยญ tern. The relationship between literature and society is far more subtle and complex than social scientists or cultural critics commonly assume


I: Asocial Literature -- A. Expressionism and the Aesthetics of the Absurd -- I. The Asocial Writer -- II. A Trinity of the Absurd -- B. The Revolt Against Society: Anarchism, Alienation, the Beat Ethic and Madness -- III. The Individual versus Society -- IV. Revolt and Madness -- II: The Literature Of Social Criticism -- A. The Voice of Social Criticism -- V. The Problem of Definition -- VI. Shaw the Social Prophet -- VII. The Social Conscience of the Thirties -- VIII. The Social Criticism of John Dos Passos -- IX. The Moral Commitment of John Steinbeck -- X. The Socioeconomic Motif in the Literature of the Angry Young Men -- B. The Literature of Social Protest -- XI. The Call of Conscience -- XII. The Nemesis of War -- XIII. The Atomic Holocaust -- XIV. The Kingdom of Nightmare and Death -- III: The Literature of Social Commitment -- XV. The Politics of the Writer -- XVI. Ignazio Silone: the Revolutionary Turned Saint -- XVII. The Epic Theater of Bertolt Brecht -- XVIII. The Cult of Socialist Realism -- IV: Conclusion -- XIX. Conclusion

Linguistics Philology Sociology Linguistics Language and Literature Sociology general


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