The Powers of Distance: Cosmopolitanism and the Cultivation of Detachment

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Princeton University Press, 2001. aug. 19. - 196 oldal

Combining analysis of Victorian literature and culture with forceful theoretical argument, The Powers of Distance examines the progressive potential of those forms of cultivated detachment associated with Enlightenment and modern thought. Amanda Anderson explores a range of practices in nineteenth-century British culture, including methods of objectivity in social science, practices of omniscience in artistic realism, and the complex forms of affiliation in Victorian cosmopolitanism. Anderson demonstrates that many writers--including George Eliot, John Stuart Mill, Charlotte Brontë, Matthew Arnold, and Oscar Wilde--thoughtfully address the challenging moral questions that attend stances of detachment. In so doing, she offers a revisionist account of Victorian culture and a tempered defense of detachment as an ongoing practice and aspiration.



The Powers of Distance illuminates its historical object of study and provides a powerful example for its theoretical argument, showing that an ideal of critical detachment underlies the ironic modes of modernism and postmodernism as well as the tradition of Enlightenment thought and critical theory. Its broad understanding of detachment and cultivated distance, together with its focused historical analysis, will appeal to theorists and critics across the humanities, particularly those working in literary and cultural studies, feminism, and postcolonialism. Original in scope and thesis, this book constitutes a major contribution to literary history and contemporary theory.

 

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Anderson looks at the concept of "detachment" in a range of Victorian texts, both literary and critical, especially those by Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Matthew Arnold, and Oscar Wilde. One of the ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása

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Acknowledgments
Forms of Detachment
3
Gender Modernity and Detachment Domestic Ideals and the Case of Charlotte Brontes Villette
34
Cosmopolitanism in Different Voices Charles Dickenss Little Dorrit and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion
63
Disinterestedness as a Vocation Revisiting Matthew Arnold
91
The Cultivation of Partiality George Eliot and the Jewish Question
119
Manners Before Morals Oscar Wilde and Epigrammatic Detachment
147
The Character of Theory
177
Bibliography
181
Index
193
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Amanda Anderson is Professor of English at The Johns Hopkins University and the author of Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture.

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