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Goodheart, Eugene

Works: 37 works in 246 publications in 1 language and 11,183 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Editor
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The cult of the ego : the self in modern literature by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

22 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in English and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Goethe once remarked that "every emancipation of the spirit is pernicious unless there is a corresponding growth of control." This remark may be taken as a motto for Eugene Goodheart's study of an aspect of the cultural history of the past two hundred years. In separate chapters on Rousseau, Stendhal, Goethe and Carlyle, Dostoevsky, Whitman, Lawrence, and Joyce, Goodheart discovers a community of concern which he calls the cult of the ego. All these writers examined here in one way or another deal with "the emancipation of the spirit" with all its promise and danger. The characteristic attempt is to "extend the boundaries of the self by going beyond the area of safety" and. thereby risking even the destruction of the self. They advance the claims of the self at the same time seeking the controls that will secure these claims. The artist-hero becomes the central figure in Goodheart's volume, since it is he who comes to exemplify the possibilities of the cult of the ego. Their efforts, Goodheart argues, have ambiguous results. The seeds of contemporary nihilism are in the failures of these writers to master the chaos of egoism, which they helped engender. But their heroism was partly in the effort of resistance: moral, religious, aesthetic. In a large portion of modern literature, resistance has been abandoned either out of exhaustion or out of fascination with the destructive tendency of modern life: in Beckett's phrase, "a world endlessly collapsing." In his introduction to this first paperback edition, Goodheart discusses the book's origin in relation to the counter-cultural unrest of 1968 when it was first published and weighs its theme of the emancipated self against current postmodern assertions of the "death of the author." The Cult of the Ego is written with admirable clarity and economy. Its interests are literary, moral and political. Moving freely and knowledgeably among various national literatures, Goodheart has made an original and valuable contribution to the field of comparative literature. Eugene Goodheart is Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Brandeis University. Among his books are Novel Practices: Classic Modern Fiction, Modernism and the Critical Spirit, Culture and the Radical Conscience, and Confessions of a Secular Jew: A Memoir, all available from Transaction."--Provided by publisher
The utopian vision of D.H. Lawrence by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

16 editions published between 1961 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The failure of criticism by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

18 editions published between 1978 and 2000 in English and held by 987 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 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

21 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
Charles Dickens( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays relating to the life and writings of Charles Dickens
Desire and its discontents by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

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

Great expectations, by Charles Dickens( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of critical approaches brings together a lively and diverse selection of essays. Of primary concern to a number of the essays reprinted in this volume is the moral character of the protagonist, Pip. Essays by Samuel Sipe and Elizabeth MacAndrew argue that Pip achieves a sort of moral autonomy as the novel progresses while critics like Peter Brooks and Eiichi Hara view Pip as a victim...Scholar John Cunningham examines the Christian imagery and rituals present in the novel, while Calum Kerr employs a mythic-structural approach in viewing Pip's progress as a character. In the volume's concluding essay, the topic of Dickens's treatment of gender and class is taken up by Peter Scheckner. Each essay is 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. -- Publisher's website
Does literary studies have a future? by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 396 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 )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 390 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 373 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 347 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 335 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 )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and held by 228 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 )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Politicians and pundits often scorn polarization and compromise--the intransigence of the former and the feebleness of the latter--without suggesting an alternative way. Polarization, when opposing forces are equal or close to equal in strength, leads to stalemate. Compromise threatens to betray one's conviction about what is essential. Ideally, a leader must combine conviction about what ought to be done with an open-minded awareness of unintended consequences. The social sciences are or should be based, largely, on the premise that people are historical and social beings. Holding the Center follows this tradition, while focusing on the trimming aspect. In nautical terms, trimming indicates an adjustment of one's vessel to accommodate one's environment. In politics, it is to find common ground between extremes, not for the sake of compromise, but because reason does not have a single location on the political spectrum. The twelve chapters in this book are brought together by Goodheart's argument that the Whig trimming tradition is the heart and soul of politics in the West, and that both democracy and democratic culture depend upon the trimming tradition's advocacy of toleration. What is needed now, he notes, is a transformation in our political culture in which humility and the admission of error enter the list of political virtues. Non-parliamentary democracy with its separation of powers depends for its proper functioning on compromise, especially in a time like ours of crisis and divided government."--Provided by publisher
The State of Our Disunion : the Obama Years by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 103 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 )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 79 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 held by 75 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."
Critical insights : Great expectations : by Charles Dickens( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 19 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
Confessions of a secular Jew : a memoir by Eugene Goodheart( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What it means to be a Jew lies at the very heart of Confessions of a Secular Jew, a provocative memoir and a thoughtful speculation on the nature of Jewish identity and experience in an increasingly secular world. The legacy bequeathed to Eugene Goodheart was a "progressive" secular Yiddish education which identifi ed Jewish struggles against oppression with working class struggles against exploitation. In the vanguard was the Soviet Union. Goodheart's heroes were Moses, Bar Kochbah, Judah Maccabee, Karl Marx and that strange honorary Jew, Joseph Stalin, whose anti-Semitism would later become known to the world. Confessions of a Secular Jew is the story of Goodheart's disillusionment with the naive, even false, progressivism of that education. At the same time, it is an attempt to rescue and come to grips with the positive remains of that education and heritage."--Provided by publisher
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The failure of criticism
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The failure of criticismCulture and the radical conscienceThe skeptic disposition in contemporary criticismCharles DickensDesire and its discontentsGreat expectations, by Charles DickensDoes literary studies have a future?Pieces of resistance