Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Local TranscendenceEssays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Alan Liu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226486956

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226486970.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 06 December 2021

Trying Cultural Criticism

Trying Cultural Criticism

Wordsworth and Subversion

Chapter:
(p.71) 2 Trying Cultural Criticism
Source:
Local Transcendence
Author(s):

Alan Liu

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226486970.003.0003

This chapter offers two concurrent investigations, the first of which is a reexplanation, by means of the subversion/containment analytic, of William Wordsworth's turn from radicalism in the aftermath of the 1789 Revolution. The second is an examination of the revolution manqué expressed in the subversion/containment analytic itself, specifically as spoken by cultural criticism in its American New Historicist or Representations inflection. In an age when absolute knowledge and/or dialectical materialism has become the “interpretation of cultures,” with its exclusive attention to symbol, display, and representation, the dynamics of lordship/bondage is itself bound. It is “décor, gadget culturel” contained within a room of larger interpretive possibilities. The chapter's thesis is this: if there is a cultural fallacy, pace the New Critical biographical fallacy, it lies in the constrictive interpretation of social representations empowered by the notion of the subject.

Keywords:   subversion, William Wordsworth, radicalism, 1789 Revolution, revolution manqué, cultural criticism, Representations, dialectical materialism, cultural fallacy

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.