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American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions$
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Cindy Weinstein and Christopher Looby

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156172

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156172.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions
Author(s):

Cindy Weinstein

Christopher Looby

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156172.003.0019

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to present a collection with a breadth and depth of content that represents a critical intervention into how we might rethink the question of aesthetics and American literature. The chapter then delineates the place of aesthetics in literary criticism, more generally, and then analyzes the role aesthetics has played in American literary criticism in particular. It offers a partial survey of American literary criticism over the last several decades, focusing on representative texts that most directly take up the case against aesthetics. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   American literature, literary aesthetics, literary criticism

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