Cultural Capital The Problem of Literary Canon Formation
by John Guillory
University of Chicago Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-226-31043-5 | Paper: 978-0-226-31044-2 | Electronic: 978-0-226-31001-5
DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226310015.001.0001
ABOUT THIS BOOKTABLE OF CONTENTS

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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part One: Critique

1. Canonical and Noncanonical: The Current Debate

Part Two: Case Studies

2. Mute Inglorious Miltons: Gray, Wordsworth, and the Vernacular Canon

3. Ideology and Canonical Form: The New Critical Canon

4. Literature after Theory: The Lesson of Paul de Man

Part Three: Aesthetics

5. The Discourse of Value: From Adam Smith to Barbara Herrnstein Smith

Notes

Index