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Common reading : critics, historians, publics

Author: Stefan Collini
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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"In this series of penetrating and attractively readable essays, Stefan Collini explores aspects of the literary and intellectual culture of Britain from the early twentieth century to the present. Collini focuses on critics and historians who wrote for a non-specialist readership, and on the periodicals and other genres through which they attempted to reach that readership." "Among the critics discussed are Cyril  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
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Collini, Stefan, 1947-
Common reading.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)608486112
Online version:
Collini, Stefan, 1947-
Common reading.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)631179414
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stefan Collini
ISBN: 9780199296781 0199296782
OCLC Number: 171613835
Description: viii, 368 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: On no getting on with it: the criticism of Cyril Connolly --
Rolling it out: V.S. Pritchett's writing life --
The great seer: Aldous Huxley's visions --
Performance: the critical authority of Rebecca West --
Man of letters as hero: the energy of Edmund Wilson --
Plain speaking: the lives of George Orwell --
Believing in oneself: the career of Stephen Spender --
Smacking: the letters of William Empson --
Disappointment: A.L. Rowse in his diaries --
Believing in England: Arthur Bryant, historian as man of letters --
Believing in history: Herbert Butterfield, Christian and Whig --
The intellectual as realist: the puzzling career of E.H. Carr --
Enduring passion: E.P. Thompson's reputation --
Olympian universalism: Perry Anderson as essayist --
Hegel in green wellies: Roger Scruton's England --
The great age: the idealizing of Victorian culture --
Always dying: the ideal of the general periodical --
Boomster and the quack: the author as celebrity --
Private reading: the autodidact public --
The completest mode: the literary critic as hero --
From deference to diversity: culture in Britain 1945-2000 --
Well connected: biography and intellectual elites --
National lives: The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography --
HiEdBiz: universities and their publics.
Responsibility: Stefan Collini.
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"In this series of penetrating and attractively readable essays, Stefan Collini explores aspects of the literary and intellectual culture of Britain from the early twentieth century to the present. Collini focuses on critics and historians who wrote for a non-specialist readership, and on the periodicals and other genres through which they attempted to reach that readership." "Among the critics discussed are Cyril Connolly, V.S. Pritchett, Aldous Huxley, Rebecca West, Edmund Wilson, and George Orwell, while the historians include A.L. Rowse, Arthur Bryant, E.H. Carr, and E.P. Thompson. There are also essays on wider themes such as the fate of 'general' periodicals, the history of reading, the role of criticism, changing conceptions of 'culture', the limitations of biography, and the functions of universities. Explicitly addressed to 'the non-specialist reader', these essays make some of the fruits of detailed scholarly research in various fields available to a wider audience, while maintaining rigorous standards of analysis. The book will engage readers interested in literature, history, and contemporary cultural debate."--Jacket.

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