The Making of the Modern Canon: Genesis and Crisis of a Literary Idea (Vision, Division & Revision: the Athlone Series on Canons)

The Making of the Modern Canon: Genesis and Crisis of a Literary Idea (Vision, Division & Revision: the Athlone Series on Canons)

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Jan Gorak
Athlone, 01/12/1991
EAN 9780485113884, ISBN10: 0485113880

Hardcover, 324 pages, 21.9 x 13.9 x 2.2 cm

This important contribution to the canon debate is remarkable in examining the actual process of canon formation from threee unusual and complementary angles. The first two chapters discuss historical attitudes to canons from antiquity onwards, showing the religious, aesthetic, cultural and political interests which have shaped our modern critical canons. Each of the four succeeding chapters examines an exemplary defendant, interpreter, or critic of canons; Ernst Gomrich, Northrop Frye, Frank Kermode and Edward Said. A final chapter considers the origins and rationale of the contemporary debate, emphasising the disciplinary and aesthetic problems we must confront if our cultural institutions are to meet the challenging needs of the next century. Professor Gorak teaches at the University of Denver. His publications include God the Artist (1987), Critic of Crisis (1987)and The Alien Mind of Raymond Williams (1988)