Cultural Capital

Cultural Capital

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John Guillory challenges the most fundamental premises of the canon debate by resituating the problem of canon formation in an entirely new theoretical framework. The result is a book that promises to recast not only the debate about the literary curriculum but also the controversy over qmulticulturalismq and the current qcrisis of the humanities.q Employing concepts drawn from Pierre Bourdieu's sociology, Guillory argues that canon formation must be understood less as a question of the representation of social groups than as a question of the distribution of qcultural capitalq in the schools, which regulate access to literacy, to the practices of reading and writing.60John Aiken, a€œEssay on Ballads and Pastoral Songsa€ (1793), quoted in A Book of English Verse, ed. ... I would like to open up the question of this other canon, if it cannot be thoroughly explored here, by invoking some of the names in its pantheon (randomly selected): 0. Henry, Ambrose Bierce, Washington Irving, Richard Connell (author of a€œThe Most Dangerous Gamea€), Edgar Allan Poe, Jamesanbsp;...

Title:Cultural Capital
Author:John Guillory
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2013-09-15


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