Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation
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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aesthetic aesthetic value analysis argues argument autonomy Bourdieu bourgeoisie bureaucratic canon formation charismatic authority classical commodity concept conﬁrmed consumption context critique cultural capital cultural production deconstruction deﬁned deﬁnition difﬁcult diglossia disciples discipleship discourse of value distinction dominant educational effect Eliot’s emergence English essay exchange value expressed fact ﬁeld ﬁgure ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁrst function genres grammar Gray’s heteroglossia historical identiﬁcation identity politics ideology imaginary institutional judgment linguistic literary canon literary culture literary curriculum literary language literary theory literature logic Man’s Manian Marxist mass culture means metaphor metonymy minor modern narrative noncanonical object paradox pedagogic philosophical poem poet poetic poetry political economy practice problem prose question reﬂection relation represented reproduction rhetorical reading rigor scientiﬁc sense signiﬁcance Smith social identity sociolect speciﬁc structure syllabus terminology texts thematic theoretical tion tradition trans transference trope University Press vernacular Warrington Academy writing