All about Am I a Snob? And Other Essays by Virginia Woolf. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Suis-je snob?. traces the evolution of the figure of the snob through the works of William Makepeace Thackeray, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Dorothy Sayers. “Am I a snob? Elegy for the snob: Virginia Woolf and the Victorians; “An aristocrat in writing”: Virginia Woolf and the invention of the modern snob; A portrait of.
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Label “Am I a snob? In the process, some novelists and their works became emblems of sophistication, treated as if they were somehow apart from or above the fiction of the popular marketplace, while others found a popular audience.
She examines not only Woolf’s encounters with specific aristocrats, but also her friendship with members of the old snkb, and the role of property, heritage, class, and social attitudes. Both require an understanding of the power and penetration of markets.
The argument for the autonomy of the literary artifact emerges as apparently snobb only possible means to keep a consumer economy from having the final say about the value of a literary work or a writer. Account Options Sign in. In this concise work on the relationship between snobbery and modernism, Latham English, Univ.
Am I a Snob?, Modernism and the Novel
Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. At this point, it became so embroiled with the aesthetics of an emergent “high” modernism that Latham argues it constitutes “an unresolved conundrum at the heart of the modern literary project” Publisher Vidginia University Press. She was for twenty years an advisory editor of The Hudson Review. Dimensions 6 qm 9 x 0. Currently shared across 0 libraries and 0 members of University of Missouri Libraries.
Latham argues that both coterie writers like Joyce and popular novelists like Sayers struggled desperately to combat their own pretensions.
Sean Latham notes that the feminist critics who in the s began to bring Woolf back to major status in the modernist canon often countered this allegation by pointing out that she was an acute social critic. Sean Latham’s appealingly written book “Am I a Snob? Rudikoff was a recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities, and she served as a judge of the National Book Awards and the Bennett Award.
Latham regards the snobbery that emerged from and still clings to modernism not as an unfortunate by-product of aesthetic innovation, but as an ongoing problem of cultural production. Latham argues that both coterie writers like Joyce and popular novelists like Sayers struggled desperately to combat their own pretensions. Other editions – View all Limited preview.
Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Elegy for the Snob Virginia Woolf and the Victorians. Wilde then becomes the exemplary propounder of the problem, on the one hand embracing what Latham calls the logic of the pose, in which fashion is the only determinant of aesthetic value, and on the other hand maintaining the opposite position, that the aesthetic object has intrinsic value entirely unaffected by the demands of the marketplace.
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Latham’s book is therefore a valuable pedagogical tool and an important critical contribution to Woolf and modernist studies. Oscar Wilde’s modern pretensions — Elegy for the snob: Latham regards the snobbery that emerged from and still clings to modernism not firginia an unfortunate by-product of aesthetic innovation, but as an ongoing problem of cultural production.
Am I a Snob? And Other Essays
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Her investigation of the dense network of personal relations that nourished Woolf’s complex social vision is unmatched in its depth, and is conveyed in a finely expressive prose. By portraying snobs in their novels, they attempted to critique and even transform the cultural and economic institutions that they felt isolated them from the broad readership they desired. Copy to clipboard Close. Two chapters on Woolf describe the middle and late phases of her career in terms of this inherited dilemma.
It’s a terrific focus, set up by a chapter on Thackeray, whose “Mr. Brown,” Latham suggests that Arnold Bennett’s real threat, not only to the emergent modernists but also to experienced wooolf, was his commitment to the logic of the pose, embodied in his novels as “an impoverished, market-driven reality in which signs threaten to counterfeit the substance of identity Woolf hopes to preserve” Title Am I a Snob?
Cornell University Press, In the process, some novelists and their works became emblems of sophistication, treated as if they were somehow apart from or above the fiction of the popular marketplace, while others found a popular audience. Each of these writers played a distinctive role in the transformation of the literary snob from a vulgar social climber into a master of taste.
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