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A defense of judgment

Author: Michael W Clune
Publisher: Chicago University of Chicago Press 2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Part 1. The Theory of Judgment -- Judgment and Equality -- Judgment and Commercial Culture -- Judgment and Expertise I: Attention and Incorporation -- Judgment and Expertise II: Concepts and Criteria -- Part 2. The Practice of Judgment -- How Poems Know What It's Like to Die -- Bernhard's Way -- Race Makes Class Visible.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael W Clune
ISBN: 9780226653969 022665396X 9780226770154 022677015X
OCLC Number: 1260185990
Accession No: (DE-627)1737704994 (DE-599)KXP1737704994
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description: pages cm
Contents: Introduction Part 1. The Theory of Judgment 1. Judgment and Equality 2. Judgment and Commercial Culture 3. Judgment and Expertise I: Attention and Incorporation 4. Judgment and Expertise II: Concepts and Criteria Part 2. The Practice of Judgment 5. How Poems Know What It's Like to Die 6. Bernhard's Way 7. Race Makes Class Visible Conclusion Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Michael W. Clune.

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Part 1. The Theory of Judgment -- Judgment and Equality -- Judgment and Commercial Culture -- Judgment and Expertise I: Attention and Incorporation -- Judgment and Expertise II: Concepts and Criteria -- Part 2. The Practice of Judgment -- How Poems Know What It's Like to Die -- Bernhard's Way -- Race Makes Class Visible.

"If professors of literature have an expertise, it is in making judgments about value. They select works that deserve their students' attention because they are powerful, beautiful, surprising, strange, insightful. The intellectual coherence and social role of literary studies depend on the ability of literature professors to make such claims. Yet literary studies has largely disavowed judgments of artistic value on the grounds that they are inevitably grounded in prejudice or entangled in problems of social status. Michael W. Clune's provocative book challenges these objections to judgment and offers a positive account of literary studies as an institution of aesthetic education. Literature professors' most basic challenge to aesthetic judgment is that it violates their commitment to equality. Clune argues that rejecting judgment on these grounds ratifies the market's monopoly on value and disables aesthetic education's political potential. Clune envisions a progressive politics freed from the strictures of dogmatic equality and enlivened by education in aesthetic judgment. Moving from theory to practice, he takes up works by Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Gwendolyn Brooks, Samuel Beckett, and Thomas Bernhard, showing how close reading-the profession's traditional key skill-harnesses judgment to open new modes of perception"

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"We need to admit-embrace-that our role as literary critics, and educators, is to provide expert judgment; Clune argues that it's what most of us are already doing anyway." -- Kasia Bartoszynska * Read more...

 
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