Culture and anarchy chapter 1

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culture and anarchy chapter 1

The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture by Amy Kaplan

The United States has always imagined that its identity as a nation is insulated from violent interventions abroad, as if a line between domestic and foreign affairs could be neatly drawn. Yet this book argues that such a distinction, so obviously impracticable in our own global era, has been illusory at least since the war with Mexico in the mid-nineteenth century and the later wars against Spain, Cuba, and the Philippines. In this book, Amy Kaplan shows how U.S. imperialism--from Manifest Destiny to the American Century--has profoundly shaped key elements of American culture at home, and how the struggle for power over foreign peoples and places has disrupted the quest for domestic order.

The neatly ordered kitchen in Catherine Beechers household manual may seem remote from the battlefields of Mexico in 1846, just as Mark Twains Mississippi may seem distant from Honolulu in 1866, or W. E. B. Du Boiss reports of the East St. Louis Race Riot from the colonization of Africa in 1917. But, as this book reveals, such apparently disparate locations are cast into jarring proximity by imperial expansion. In literature, journalism, film, political speeches, and legal documents, Kaplan traces the undeniable connections between American efforts to quell anarchy abroad and the eruption of such anarchy at the heart of the empire.
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Culture and Anarchy Full Audiobook by Matthew ARNOLD by Essays & Short Works, Modern

The disparagers of culture make its motive curiosity; sometimes, indeed, they make its motive mere exclusiveness and vanity.
Amy Kaplan

Culture and Anarchy, by Matthew Arnold

The disparagers of culture make its motive curiosity; sometimes, indeed, they make its motive mere exclusiveness and vanity. The culture which is supposed to plume itself on a smattering of Greek and Latin is a culture which is begotten by nothing so intellectual as curiosity; it is valued either out of sheer vanity and ignorance, or else as an engine of social and class distinction, separating its holder, like a badge or title, from other people who have not got it. No serious man would call this culture, or attach any value to it, as culture, at all. To find the real ground for the very differing estimate which serious people will set upon culture, we must find some motive for culture in the terms of which may lie a real ambiguity; and such a motive the word curiosity gives us. I have before now pointed out that in English we do not, like the foreigners, use this word in a good sense as well as in a bad sense; with us the word is always used in a somewhat disapproving sense; a liberal and intelligent eagerness about the things of the mind may be meant by a foreigner when he speaks of curiosity, but with us the word always conveys a certain notion of frivolous and unedifying activity. In the Quarterly Review, some little time ago, was an estimate of the celebrated French critic, Monsieur Sainte—Beuve, and a very inadequate estimate it, in my judgment, was. And its inadequacy consisted chiefly in this: that in our English way it left out of sight the double sense really involved in the word curiosity, thinking enough was said to stamp Monsieur Sainte—Beuve with blame if it was said that he was impelled in his operations as a critic by curiosity, and omitting either to perceive that Monsieur Sainte—Beuve himself, and many other people with him, would consider that this was praiseworthy and not blameworthy, or to point out why it ought really to be accounted worthy of blame and not of praise.

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It is the same! How vague and brief this passage is! As if the writer has done it merely as a formality. However, the language is quite easy and comprehensible. In the "Sweetness and Light" section, Arnold takes aim at the Puritan element of Dissenting, or Independent, Christians in middle class English culture. What does Arnold argue is wrong with the "Puritan" element in English society, and how does he argue this?

Post a Comment. Oxford, the Oxford of the past, has many faults; and she has heavily paid for them in defeat, in isolation, in want of hold upon the modern world. Yet we in Oxford, brought up amidst the beauty and sweetness of that beautiful place, have not failed to seize one truth, - the truth that beauty and sweetness are essential characters of a complete human perfection. When I insist on this, I am all in the faith and tradition of Oxford. I say boldly that this our sentiment for beauty and sweetness, our sentiment against hideousness and rawness, has been at the bottom of our attachment to so many beaten causes, of our opposition to so many triumphant movements. And the sentiment is true, and has never been wholly defeated, and has shown its power even in its defeat.

Post a Comment. He wrote a book culture and Anarchy use of a ancient Greek. The main point of a society or curiosity, and they kind of a very sophisticated of a way According to him a curiosity is desire. Culture and Anarchy book is a concept very clearly or simple disaster. They can have a social or political issues to the Sweetness and light is created to Mathew Arnold. He is a view social aspect of culture.


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