New Critical Nostalgia - (Lit Z) by Christopher Rovee (Hardcover)

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Dimensions (Overall): 9.0 Inches (H) x 6.0 Inches (W)
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 272
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: Semiotics & Theory
Series Title: Lit Z
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Format: Hardcover
Author: Christopher Rovee
Language: English
Street Date: January 2, 2024
TCIN: 88767187
UPC: 9781531505110
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-8945
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

New Critical Nostalgia explores literary study's nostalgic attachments to its past by recasting an essential episode in the historiography of English--the vigorous rejection of romanticism by American New Critics--in the new light of the midcentury American university's tectonic growth.

Book Synopsis

New Critical Nostalgia weighs the future of literary study by reassessing its past. It tracks today's impassioned debates about method back to the discipline's early professional era, when an unprecedented makeover of American higher education with far-reaching social consequences resulted in what we might call our first crisis of academic life. Rovee probes literary study's nostalgic attachments to this past, by recasting an essential episode in the historiography of English--the vigorous rejection of romanticism by American New Critics--in the new light of the American university's tectonic growth. In the process, he demonstrates literary study's profound investment in romanticism and reveals the romantic lyric's special affect, nostalgia, as having been part of English's professional identity all along.

New Critical Nostalgia meticulously shows what is lost in reducing mid-century American criticism and the intense, quirky, and unpredictable writings of central figures, such as Cleanth Brooks, Josephine Miles, and W. K. Wimsatt, to a glib monolith of New Critical anti-romanticism. In Rovee's historically rich account, grounded in analysis of critical texts and enlivened by archival study, readers discover John Crowe Ransom's and William Wordsworth's shared existential nostalgia, witness the demolition of the "immature" Percy Shelley in the revolutionary textbook Understanding Poetry, explore the classroom give-and-take prompted by the close reading of John Keats, consider the strange ambivalence toward Lord Byron on the part of formalist critics and romantic scholars alike, and encounter the strikingly contemporary quantitative studies by one of the mid-century's preeminent poetry scholars, Josephine Miles. These complex and enthralling engagements with the romantic lyric introduce the reader to a dynamic intellectual milieu, in which professionals with varying methodological commitments (from New Critics to computationalists), working in radically different academic locales (from Nashville and New Haven to Baton Rouge and Berkeley), wrangled over what it means to read, with nothing less than the future of the discipline at stake.

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"This accomplished book--through a meticulous reconstruction of the uncanny encounter between New Criticism and British Romanticism--takes us straight into the scene of reading itself. And there it remains, through one mesmerizing case study after another. Irreducible to either history or criticism, Rovee's book weaves these two methods, or perspectives, together so that, in their steady pulsations, they illuminate one another's corresponding powers."---Alex Woloch, Stanford University

"With its fascinating and unusual archive, its compelling strands of argument, and its lucid writing, New Critical Nostalgia offers an original understanding of New Criticism and romantic poetry's role in the development of American literary studies."---Kevis Goodman, University of California, Berkeley
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