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Goodheart, Eugene

Works: 36 works in 220 publications in 1 language and 10,572 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PN81, 809.933
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Most widely held works about Eugene Goodheart
Most widely held works by Eugene Goodheart
The cult of the ego : the self in modern literature by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

21 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The utopian vision of D.H. Lawrence by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

17 editions published between 1961 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The failure of criticism by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

16 editions published between 1978 and 2000 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenting the argument that contemporary criticism has lost its moral authority (and blaming modernism for that loss), Goodheart focuses on contending spiritual views. In particular he analyzes the dialectic between the Protestant-inspired humanist tradition of Carlyle, Arnold, Ruskin, and Lawrence and the decay of Catholicism represented by Joyce, Eliot, and others. The author argues that literary modernism renders suspect all privileged positions, and thereby undermines the critical art. To support this theory, he analyzes the work of a number of nineteenth century and contemporary novelists, poets, and critics. Chapter titles are modernism and the critical spirit; English social criticism and the spirit of reformation; the reality of disillusion in T.S. Eliot; the organic society of F.R. Leavis; a postscript to the higher criticism: the case of Philip Rieff; the formalist avant-garde and the autonomy of aesthetic values; aristocrats and Jacobins: the happy few in "The Charterhouse of Parma"; Flaubert and the powerlessness of art; and the blasphemy of Joycean art. (Fl)
Culture and the radical conscience by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

14 editions published between 1973 and 2004 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The skeptic disposition in contemporary criticism by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eugene Goodheart's remarkably compact and penetrating analysis examines the skeptic disposition that has informed advanced literary discourse over the past generation. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increa
Desire and its discontents by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does literary studies have a future? by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As we approach the end of a millennium, the battle for the fate of literary scholarship has taken on near apocalyptic overtones, with more than a few predictions of the imminent end of literary studies as we know it. Taking aim at culture warriors on the left and the right, Goodheart provides a succinct and timely assessment of the current state and future of literary studies in the US. In Goodheart's view, the opposition between tradition (the cause of the right) and innovation (the cause of the left) is essentially false: tradition is an interactive history between the given and the innovative, not an inert set of values or a stable canon of approved texts. (Midwest)
Pieces of resistance by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pieces of Resistance is a 1988 collection of Eugene Goodheart's essays and reviews written between 1960 and 1985. The book responds to the political, cultural, and literary changes expressed during this period by novelists, critics, and journalists. Goodheart's book is divided into three parts. The first section discusses critics Trilling, Rahv, Leslie Fiedler, Geoffrey Hartman, David Bleich, and Susan Sontag - to name a few. The second part devotes itself to contemporary culture and includes essays on journals such as The New York Review of Books, Commentary, and The Evergreen Review, which in the 1960s and early 1970s provided a well-lit playground for various political, cultural, and literary themes. Finally, Goodheart examines the work of many modern writers with essays on Isaac Bashevis Singer, Daniel Fuchs, Ralph Ellison, Nadine Gordimer, V. S. Naipaul, Bernard Malamud, William Styron, Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver, and Saul Bellow. Goodheart does not pretend to impersonal objectivity; his commitment to evaluative criticism is a deliberate response to increasingly specialized forms of criticism
Ernest Hemingway( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ernest Hemingway's public persona and reputation, literary style, affinity with modern painting, and conception of character are among the subjects of these commentaries on the author's life and work."--About this volume
The reign of ideology by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Reign of Ideology is a trenchant critique of the fixation on ideology in current literary and cultural study. At a time when scholars believe that ideology is everywhere, cultural studies have become an exercise in demystification: the work of scholars is often to elicit concealed motives of "domination" in texts and institutions. The casualities are disinterestedness, aesthetic value and claims to universality and transcendence. Eugene Goodheart offers fresh and persuasive arguments for preserving these once cherished ideas as necessary to the vitality of our cultural life
Darwinian misadventures in the humanities by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In recent decades the humanities have been in thrall to postmodern skepticism, while Darwinists, brimming with confidence in the genuine progress they have made in the sciences of biology and psychology, have set their sights on rescuing the humanities from the ravages of postmodernism. In this volume, Eugene Goodheart attacks the neo-Darwinist approach to the arts and articulates a powerful defense of humanist criticism"--
Novel practices : classic modern fiction by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The protagonist of the modern novel is usually at odds with that society, whether as exile, active rebel, or antagonistic critic. In Novel Practices, the distinguished literary scholar Eugene Goodheart surveys a representative selection of modern novelists tracing how the epic impulse has been reshaped under the conditions of modernity."
Holding the center : in defense of political trimming by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The State of Our Disunion : the Obama Years by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The US Constitution resists centralizing authority by granting equal power to the three branches of government, as well as the individual states. The risk inherent in the separation of powers is that the absence of a spirit of compromise can lead to the disintegration of the union. Eugene Goodheart ... explains how and why it has reached this point, while identifying common ground between thoughtful liberals and conservatives ... Many themes that preoccupy our politics and will doubtless continue to do so in the future are addressed in this work, including gross income inequality, governmental regulation of the market, the US's role as superpower, and the relationship between liberty and equality. -- Goodreads
D.H. Lawrence : the utopian vision by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The skeptic disposition : deconstruction, ideology, and other matters by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eugene Goodheart examines the skeptic disposition that has informed advanced literary discourse over the past generation, arguing that the targets of deconstructive suspicion are fundamental humanistic values. ""[This book] is a fair-minded, generous critique of the deconstructionist theories of Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, and their followers. These writers have argued that language is so inherently slippery it can never express a speaker's intended meaning. The critic's role, in their view, is to explore the contradictions, subtexts, and metaphorical byways of works that may be most radically deceptive when they appear simple. Critics have castigated this language-centered skepticism as a form of nihilism geared to multiply numbingly similar readings of already familiar texts. Mr. Goodheart's objection is more subtle. He suggests that the philosophical orientation of deconstructive critics leads them to overemphasize the tricky propositional sense of words at the expense of the broader impact of literature--its power to wound, thrill, or transform us."
Great expectations, by Charles Dickens( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical insights : Great expectations : by Charles Dickens( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 175 years since Charles Dickens won over readers with his irrepressible Pickwick Papers, he still endures as one of the world's most beloved and influential novelists. We need only think of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge exclaiming, "Bah, humbug!" or the poor, orphaned Oliver Twist imploring, "Please, sir, I want some more" to realize how deeply his characters and sensibilities have infiltrated and shaped our own minds
Charles Dickens( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together a variety of new, classic, and contemporary essays on Dickens's most widely read works
Critical insights, Ernest Hemingway( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All his key works are closely considered, including Hemingway's most widely read and anthologized short stories. Essays lend context to Hemingway's life and accomplishments with their examinations of World War I and the Spanish Civil War, the critical reception of Hemingway's oeuvre, Hemingway's prose style, and the psychology and anti-Semitic strains of The Sun Also Rises
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The failure of criticism
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The failure of criticismCulture and the radical conscienceThe skeptic disposition in contemporary criticismDesire and its discontentsDoes literary studies have a future?Pieces of resistanceErnest HemingwayThe reign of ideology