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- DescriptionMatthew Arld has long been recognized as the greatest of Victorian critics. In <i>Communications with the Future</i>, Donald Stone demonstrates Arld's ermous range, vitality, and continuing relevance. Demonstrating the similarities between Arld's position and that of subsequent intellectual leaders from Nietzsche to Foucault, Stone vividly establishes that Arld remains valid w, t only for his emphasis on broad-minded thinking, but also in his enduring impact on the leaders of our own time. Appealing to the belief that we should adopt a dialogical frame of mind, Arld stands tall today as a harsh critic of narrow-mindedness and overspecialization.Each chapter of <i>Communications with the Future</i> places Arld in dialogue with an important modern figure or group of figures. Arld's relationship with America, particularly with America's finest literary critic, Henry James, is surveyed, as is Arld's relations with French critics from Sainte-Beuve and Ernest Renan to Michel Foucault. Subsequent chapters pair Arld with Nietzsche, as pungent critics of society and impassioned advocates of culture, with Hans-Georg Gadamer, as mutual defenders of the humanities, and with the American pragmatists--William James, Richard Rorty, John Dewey--as architects of creative democracy. Stone argues that Arld has wrongly been labeled an elitist and the proponent of a rigid can, when in fact he is dedicated to openness, democracy, and multiculturalism. This book should write finis to that misreading, and will further illuminate our concepts of what it means to live as members of a democratic culture.. . . full of fresh insights, in a readable style, [Communications with the Future] altogether amounts to an eloquent plea for a sound and valuable criticism, against various regressive, dogmatic, narrow schools currently flourishing. --Ruth apRoberts, University of California, RiversideDonald D. Stone is Professor of English, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His books include The Romantic Impulse in Modern Fiction and Nineteenth-Century Lives (coedited with John Maynard and Laurence Lockridge).
- Author(s)Donald D. Stone
- PublisherThe University of Michigan Press
- Date of Publication31/08/1997
- Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Michigan Press
- Weight585 g
- Width152 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine25 mm
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