The function of criticism at the present time. Michael Austin: The Function of Mormon Literary Criticism at the Present Time 2019-01-29

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Michael Austin: The Function of Mormon Literary Criticism at the Present Time

the function of criticism at the present time

As long as we can deflect the occasional inquiry about polygamy, racism, or the status of feminists and homosexuals in our church, we can go about our scholarly business without ever having to admit to our colleague--or even to ourselves--that we really are pretty weird. More than one rejoinder declared that the importance I here assigned to criticism was excessive, and asserted the inherent superiority of the creative effort of the human spirit over its critical effort. They are interdependent on each other. Do not you belong to the movement? A popular edition was published in 1864. On 1527, Arnold describes his notions of the modern nation and the individual's place within it.

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Crossed Lines: The Function of Criticism at the Present Time

the function of criticism at the present time

There is profit for the spirit in such contrasts as this; criticism serves the cause of perfection by establishing them. They have in view opponents whose aim is not ideal, but practical; and in their zeal to uphold their own practice against these innovators, they go so far as even to attribute to this practice an ideal perfection. John Stevens Courtship: A Story of the Echo Canyon War was serialized in The Contributor 17 1895-96. And so on through all the various fractions, political and religious, of our society; every fraction has, as such, its organ of criticism, but the notion of combining all fractions in the common pleasure of a free disinterested play of mind meets with no favor. He held a seat for Sheffield from 1849 until his death. The epochs of Æschylus and Shakespeare make us feel their preëminence.

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The Function of Criticism at the Present Time, by Matthew Arnold

the function of criticism at the present time

French Revolution quitted intellectual sphere and rushed into the political sphere, thus losing its universal application. Such indirect influence comes, not as critics and theorists attempt to encourage or proscribe different kinds of literary production, but, instead, as they have used literature as a starting point for commenting on, critiquing, and helping to construct the cultures that produce and consume books. But the mania for giving an immediate political and practical application to all these fine ideas of the reason was fatal. These were, in the main, disinterestedly intellectual and spiritual movements; movements in which the human spirit looked for its satisfaction in itself and in the increased play of its own activity. Towards A Philosophy of Education, Volume 6 of the Charlotte Mason Series. The text began, middled and ended, and thus your reading left you with impressions enough to last for a long ponder indeed.

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Michael Austin: The Function of Mormon Literary Criticism at the Present Time

the function of criticism at the present time

The critic performs another important function as well. To explain this, Arnold takes the example of two poets- Goethe and Byron. There are, however, very few conferences in which the crucial mediating role of criticism is explored and debated, despite the significant reversal in the literature-criticism relationship in the later decades of the last century. To what extent is literary genius therefore dependent upon the age in which it works? Lines, even passages, when taken out of context are often misleading. It is that practical considerations cling to it and stifle it. .

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Michael Austin: The Function of Mormon Literary Criticism at the Present Time

the function of criticism at the present time

In view of this the Organising Committee has decided to extend the duration of the conference by one day. I pray that our unrivalled happiness may last. As I said before, if we do not step forward and answer their questions, somebody else will, and chances are good that we won't like their answers. Directly this play of mind wants to have more scope, and to forget the pressure of practical considerations a little, it is checked, it is made to feel the chain. They contain the true philosophy of an epoch of concentration, dissipate the heavy atmosphere which its own nature is apt to engender round it, and make its resistance rational instead of mechanical. Whereas Mormons were once used to represent lawlessness, chaos, and sexual promiscuity, we have now become standard stock for writers--from Tom Clancy to Tony Kushner--who want to portray a character as hyperobedient, patriotic, conservative, and, in all probability, sexually repressed. The persistence of these perceptions affects us all, and we should spend a substantial part of our energy addressing and correcting them.

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LITERARY CRITICISM:FREE NOTES: 00176

the function of criticism at the present time

Every text that we eliminate from our canon is a text that we can no longer use as part of our critical discussions. We do not have the only critical perspective on Mormon literature. Unluckily, creditable to individual enterprise as they are, they tend to impair our taste by making us forget what more grandiose, noble, or beautiful character properly belongs to a public institution. Our organs of criticism are organs of men and parties having practical ends to serve, and with them those practical ends are the first thing and the play of mind the second; so much play of mind as is compatible with the prosecution of those practical ends is all that is wanted. Any scholarship of this caliber--even if it comes from an unregenerate Mormo-American-- can have a tremendous impact on academic discourse. His fame and glory were only because his age had a climate of great ideas. They speak to us, hold a mirror to our spiritual experience, and help us construct definitions of what it means to belong to the Mormon community and have a testimony of the gospel.


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Matthew Arnold: The Function of Criticism at the Present Time

the function of criticism at the present time

There is the world of ideas and there is the world of practice; the French are often for suppressing the one and the English the other; but neither is to be suppressed. And those religions that do tend to be associated with a literature of their own--such as Catholicism and Judaism--are generally perceived as religions whose cultural ties are at least as strong as their religious ones. Arnold warns that the act of critiquing will, inevitably, backfire. The grand work of literary genius is a work of synthesis and exposition, not of analysis and discovery; its gift lies in the faculty of being happily inspired by a certain intellectual and spiritual atmosphere, by a certain order of ideas, when it finds itself in them; of dealing divinely with these ideas, presenting them in the most effective and attractive combinations,—making beautiful works with them, in short. Himansu S Mohapatra Cell phone- +91 9437404431 Department Faculty: Dr. And, conversely, because these very same changes are expressed in these very same works.

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Matthew Arnold on the Function of Criticism.

the function of criticism at the present time

Papers seeking to engage with Indian aesthetics from a political standpoint are welcome. In spite of the extravagant direction given to this enthusiasm, in spite of the crimes and follies in which it lost itself, the French Revolution derives from the force, truth, and universality of the ideas which it took for its law, and from the passion with which it could inspire a multitude for these ideas, a unique and still living power; it is,—it will probably long remain,—the greatest, the most animating event in history. Charles Dickens, for example, once described the industrious, orderly nature of the Mormon emigrants he encountered on a ship leaving England. But there is no reason why we should not extend his comparative method, not resting content with detached judgments from isolated passages, but comparing the whole impression we have in our mind of one work with the whole impression that has been stamped upon our minds by a masterpiece. Notes Philip Roth, Goodbye Columbus New York: Bantam, 1963 , 108. The work of these and other scholars is accepted and admired in the academy first and foremost because it is excellent, innovative, professional scholarship. Everything that Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Robert Louis Stevenson say about Mormonism interests scholars because everything that these authors say about anything interests them.

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