American Cultural Critics

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David Murray
University of Exeter Press, 1995 - 298 pages
This collection of essays assesses the work of a number of American intellectuals, including Susan Sontag, F.O. Mathieson, Daniel Bell and Hannah Arendt, who have addressed issues of culture and its multifaceted relations to politics, history, sociology and literary criticism. Concentrating on writing since 1940, the essays examine the central themes of American postwar intellectual history, including the continuing reaction to (or against) modernity and technology, the legacies of Marxism and psychoanalysis, and the re-examination of American founding principles and figures in conservative or liberal terms.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Southern Literary and Intellectual History in
11
Philip Rahv and
33
F O Matthiessens Devotion to the Possibilities
49
The Intellectual and Cultural Criticism
68
Must We Believe What We Say?
90
Lewis Mumford Pioneer
106
Margaret Mead
138
Philip Rieff
193
Hannah Arendt
206
Garry Wills
227
Black Intellectuals Past and Present
246
Daniel Bell
270
Index
295
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Page 294 - Fredric Jameson, The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act (London: Methuen, 1981), 28. 59. Thomas Haskell, "Veblen on Capitalism: Intellectual History in and out of Context," Reviews in American History 7 (1979): 559.

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David Murray teaches American Studies at the University of Nottingham.

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