Community, Religion, and Literature: Essays

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University of Missouri Press, 1995 - 334 páginas

As the last collection of Cleanth Brooks's essays before his death, Community, Religion, and Literature represents his final, considered views on the reading of literature and the role it plays in our society. He argues that the proper and essential role of literature lies in giving us our sense of community. Yet he denounces the extent to which literature, too, is now being usurped by the critics who see writing as pure language. He believes that just as religion renders truth of another sort, so literature is an expression of the "truth about human beings." More and more in this age of science, literature has "assumed the burden of providing civilization with its values."

Community, Religion, and Literature offers students of literature the opportunity to understand what Cleanth Brooks was actually saying, rather than what others have said he was saying.

 

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Índice

Robert Penn Warren
126
As I Remember Him
143
The Primacy of the Author
170
12
184
T S Eliot and the American South
214
The Optimists Daughter
225
The Past Alive in the Present
235
The Primacy of the Reader
244
Literature in a Technological Age
259
Contemporary American Literature
275
Nature and Human Nature in the Poetry of Robert Frost
291
In Celebration
305
The Real Importance of the Humanities
312
Index
329
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Cleanth Brooks, one of the nation's most distinguished critics, editors, and teachers, is the author of Modern Poetry and the Tradition, The Well Wrought Urn, A Shaping Joy, and Historical Evidence and the Reading of Seventeenth-Century Poetry (University of Missouri Press)

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