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Marxism has no time for the pluralism and relativism implicit in Meyer's view of
cultural activity, and it demands a wholly linear and teleological - not to say
eschatological - reading of history, in a way which is rooted in Western traditions.
I think it is possible, even probable, that the English - who are by no means
incapable of radical transformations, as the political and cultural revolutions of
the seventeenth century, and the industrial revolution of the nineteenth indicate -
comes to making any such judgements; and judgements will, in any case, not be
encouraged, for any specimen of American writing, no matter how wretchedly
bad, can be pressed into service in the interests of the unified American cultural ...
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Crazy uneven: the introductory chapters are great. Bergonzi was clearly at his best making general arguments, and the contrasts he draws between American and English literature are interesting. But in ... Read full review
Character and Liberalism
The Ideology of Being English
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