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Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation
by John Guillory
University of Chicago Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-226-31043-5 | eISBN: 978-0-226-31001-5 | Paper: 978-0-226-31044-2
Library of Congress Classification PR21.G85 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 820.9

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
John Guillory challenges the most fundamental premises of the canon debate by resituating the problem of canon formation in an entirely new theoretical framework. The result is a book that promises to recast not only the debate about the literary curriculum but also the controversy over "multiculturalism" and the current "crisis of the humanities." Employing concepts drawn from Pierre Bourdieu's sociology, Guillory argues that canon formation must be understood less as a question of the representation of social groups than as a question of the distribution of "cultural capital" in the schools, which regulate access to literacy, to the practices of reading and writing.

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