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Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel

Jonathan Arac


This book records a critic's three decades of thinking about the connection between literature and the conditions of people's lives—that is, politics. A preference for impurity and a search for how to analyze and explain it are guiding threads in this book as its chapters pursue the complex entanglements of culture, politics, and society from which great literature arises. At its core is the nineteenth-century novel, but it addresses a broader range of writers as well, in a textured, contoured, discontinuous history. When addressing canonical writers — Shakespeare, Dickens, Twain, Keats, Melvi ... More

Keywords: criticism, literature, politics, impurity, culture, society, creativity, canonical writers, posterity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780823231782
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Arac, author