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And psychoanalysis ven though I don t really care about the Kinsey report in itself2 I like acuiring new tools for own critical kit when Trilling analyses Dreiser s use of pity in his novels for instance and Final Reckoning (Babylon 5: Saga of Psi Corps, explains what he thinks is wrong of it I get new ways to think about how authors use pity in fiction Ditto Trilling s belief that Anderson s celebration of life is undercut by the fact that he talks too much aboutmotions and not The Dreaming Jewels enough about the actual concretexperience of living I think I ve felt that myself about other authors but now I have much useful words to consider it with3 I like being inspired to read new things for instance Trilling s in depth analysis of The Princess Casamassima made me remember how much I 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea enjoyed The Portrait of a Lady when I read it nearly 20 something years ago so if I am going to read James why not that one and then I can reread Trilling sssay afterwards and see what I think of it in contextAll of which are of course very particular and personal pleasures which may not translate well to other readers Still for me this
Was An Interesting And Soothing an interesting and soothing during trying Greystone Tavern emotional times This book is very much of its time a great illustration of New Criticism or whatever the last bastion of. In rationality progress and the panaceas ofconomics and other social sciences and asserting in their stead the irreducible complexity of human motivation and the tragic inevitability of tragedy Only the imagination Trilling argues can give us access and insight into these realms and only the imagination can ground
a reflective andreflective and rather than programmatic and dogmatic liberalismWrit. The Time Machine even if you ultimately find he s not your cup of tea that s fine he s not forveryone However it s impossible to ignore his influence in the field and on many critics and scholars which can t be ignored Is he my favorite No Is this an The Voyeurs excellent text Yes Recommended I read books like this old collections of criticalssays by major at the time intellectual figures for a few reasons1 I like absorbing historical contexts seeing what moved someone to write for instance Trilling was fired up about proving that Theodore Dreiser and Sherwood Anderson were not really very good authors in defiance of popular opinion at the time Even though I ve never read Cordelias Honor (Vorkosigan Omnibus, either Dresier or Anderson I liked seeing Trilling break down their work according to his own ideas and identify the problems and the good points Similarly his strong feelings about Freud and the Kinsey report tell me a lot about Trilling s concerns and ideas around sexuality. The Liberal Imagination is one of the most admired and influential works of criticism of the last century a work that is not only a masterpiece of literary criticism but an important statement about politics and society Published in 1950 one of the chillier moments of the Cold War Trilling'sssays xamine the promise and limits of liberalism challenging the complacency of a nave liberal belief. .
American critical thought unsullied by the dread French invasion of the 1960s It s almost uaint Nevertheless Trilling was a wonderfully perceptive reader and this volume of ssays contains several real gems No one reads Lionel Trilling any For someone as massively important to American intellectual history he seems to have largely been forgotten specially as his compadres drifted rightwards and started rubbing shoulders with Wolfowitz and his merry gang of motherfuckers
these are theare the of detailed studies ranging from views on classics like Fitzgerald and Henry James up through the Kinsey Report that bespeak a wide ranging analytical intelligence although he falls for a few Freudian fraudulences than I like My generation namechecks Foucault Nietzsche Benjamin tc but I would advise all of them to check out Trilling as well He deserves a revival of interest To read Lionel Trilling is to confront the mysterious gulf that separates intellectuals from academics Of course Trilling taught under the
auspices of Columbia University but how little a mark his professorial career leftof Columbia University but how little a mark his professorial career left him When one opens this book one will find no trace of jargon no name dropping or plugs of his colleagues and scant reference to the then trendy Freud. Ing with acute intelligence about classics like Huckleberry Finn and the novels of Henry James and F Scott Fitzgerald but also on such varied matters as the Kinsey Report and money in the American imagination Trilling presents a model of the critic as both part of and apart from his society a defender of the reflective life that in our The Origins of the Cultural Revolution, Vol. 2 ever rationalized world seemsver necessary and ver remote. .