Journals Higher Education



Published: 09 February 1989

288 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195055030

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Critical Theory and the Problem of Literacy

Henry S. Sussman

This book examines the predicament of literacy in mass culture from the perspective of contemporary critical theory. Sussman argues that the question of literacy has been of central concern to authors ranging from Hawthorne and Melville to Pound, Calvino, and Milan Kundera--and has shaped their most significant works. He traces the conflict between resolution and literacy in contemporary society, and demonstrates how critical theory has anticipated and accounted for this tension.