Fact and Symbol: Essays in the Sociology of Art and Literature

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 212 pages
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Graa's work critically examines the continual rebirth of cultural romances on the part of literary intellectuals. His disdain for contrived rejections of modernity and for grand destructive gestures is combined with his intense appreciation of the romantic sensibility. Fact and Symbol embodies Graa's views of the enterprise of cultural sociology in which both words are given equal play.

 

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Contents

1 Social Optimism and Literary Depression
3
2 French Impressionism as an Urban Art Form
65
Can Art Be Democratic?
95
4 Art and the American Republic
112
5 Is There a Democratic Architecture?
125
6 John Deweys Social Art and the Sociology of Art
135
7 Cultural Dreams and Historical Frustrations in Spanish American Literature
151
Notes
199
Index
209
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