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Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 20:23:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: B in literary studies



Carsten:

In _Cultural Capital_ by John Guillory (Chicago, U of C P, 1993), Guillory
uses Bourdieu's concept of cultural capital to approach the literary canon
and reformulate the debate around the canon. He argues that literature is
the cultural capital of the old bourgeoisie, and that the canon debate is 
symptomatic of the profession's recognition that this kind of capital is
increasingly irrelevant in contemporary. He reads three moments
in the history of literary studies as attempts to reformulate "literature"
as relevant. Most interesting (to my mind) is his critique of de Man and
his followers as a "technobureaucratization" of the study of literature.



Sarah King
University of Western Ontario


Some Canadian critics

On Fri, 21 Feb 1997, Carsten Sestoft wrote:

> Dear list members,
> 
> I have read a number of contributions to this list in the archives (from
> 1995 and the beginning of 1996) where I have found a number of statements
> saying approximately that Bourdieu has been much used in literary studies
> in America. Although I am myself educated as a literary scholar and thought
> I had an idea about what was going on in this field in America, this is new
> to me (and quite contrary to my expectations). Could anyone give me some
> references or some idea about the way (and what aspects of) Bourdieu has
> been used in this field in America? The only reference I have come across
> is the article by Toril Moi, "Appropriating Bourdieu" etc., in New Literary
> History, 1991.
> 
> Thanks in advance.
> 
> Carsten Sestoft
> Doctoral student
> University of Copenhagen
> 
> 
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