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Practices of Hope: Literary Criticism in Disenchanted Times

Christopher Castiglia


As the “hermeneutics of suspicion” as a critical disposition comes under fire, The Practice of Hope examines models of “critique” resistant to disenchantment. This book offers hope as an alternative disposition, combining idealism and imagination to create and sustain the visionary values that, however closeted, animate genuine social critique. Hope’s “useable past,” the book contends, comprises mid-twentieth-century critics (Granville Hicks, Constance Rourke, F. O. Matthiessen, Richard Chase, Newton Arvin, R. W. B. Lewis, Lewis Mumford, C. L. R. James, Charles Feidelson, Marius Bewley, Richar ... More

Keywords: hope, imagination, idealism, disenchantment, nationalism, liberalism, humanism, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479818273
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479818273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Castiglia, author
Pennsylvania State University

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