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The constitution of literature; literacy, democracy, and early English literary criticism.


The constitution of literature; literacy, democracy, and early English literary criticism.

Morrissey, Lee.

Stanford U. Press


242 pages




Morrissey (English, Clemson U.) contests literary criticism's "self- congratulatory public-sphere model" pioneered by Jurgen Habermas, which sees the emergence of literary criticism in the 17th and 18th centuries as part and parcel of the emergence of the public sphere and thus integral with the progressive evolution of democracy. Reading the works of early English literary critics, he finds a much more complicated picture, in which critics worried about democratized reading and contested plural notions of democracy, resulting in a debate that shifted over time between participatory, republican, representative, procedural, and constitutional approaches to democracy.

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Date:May 1, 2008
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