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Bleak Liberalism

Amanda Anderson


Bleak Liberalism advances a renewed account of liberalism, with the aim of providing a better understanding of the way liberal concepts, principles, and aspirations have informed novelistic art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Britain and the US. From the writings of John Stuart Mill through the debates of the cold war and beyond, liberalism is a philosophical and political project conceived in an acute awareness of the challenges and often bleak prospects confronting it. These challenges are shown to be various, encompassing a range of psychological, sociological, and economic con ... More

Keywords: liberalism, character, realism, political novel, modernism, cold war, Lionel Trilling, neoliberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226923512
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda Anderson, author
Brown University