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Free read ☆ Liberal Imagination Essays on Literature and Society Reprint of the 1950 Ed Trilling Lionel Works 105 characters Liberal Imagination Essays on Literature and Society Reprint of the 1950 Ed Trilling Lionel Works The Liberal Imagination is one of the most admired and influential works of criticism of the last century a work that is not only a masterpiece of literary criticism but an important statement about politics and society Published in 1950 one of the chillier moments of the Cold War Trilling's essays examine the promise and limits of liberalism challenging the complacency of a nave liberal belief. To read Lionel Trilling is to confront the mysterious gulf that separates intellectuals from academics Of course Trilling taught under the auspices of Columbia University but how little a mark his professorial career left on him When one opens this book one will find no trace of jargon no name dropping or plugs of his colleagues and scant reference to the then trendy Freudianism and existentialism In the heat of Freud s influence Trilling s essay on his work is cool and critical One will only find the honest thoughts of a man who cared deeply about literature and who wished to communicate this care in prose that is both direct and that does justice to the complexity of his subject While reading The Liberal Imagination I had a similar feeling as I did when reading WEB Du Bois s book The Souls of Black Folk It was a feeling hard to account for Trilling s writing style is neither elaborate nor gnomic His large vocabulary was only used to add an extra flavor to a sentence here or there never with extravagance or pretension The subject matter did not involve any conceptual difficulties So why did I feel exhausted after a mere 20 pages The answer must lie in the subtlety of Trilling s approach Few authors have expressed themselves carefully He includes a caveat with every thought he ualifies every statement he weighs every assertion The sentences seem to close in on themselves doubling back moving forward and then circling round But this does not lead him to tip toe around issues Rather this constant dialogue with himself turns his prose into a sort of sieve All he has to do is shake an issue and the extraneous material falls away leaving only gold As a result this book held my interest even when the topic at hand bored me Many of the authors and books he discussed I hadn t read Nevertheless the experience of watching the wheels of his mind spin as he slowly circled and closed in on his main point was exhilarating even humbling Despite the title the political message of this book is mostly hinted at Trilling refrains from all partisan politics For me the value lay in contemplating possible connections between literature and politics than in any definite conclusions on the matter And it is a subject worth considering Here is a thought of mine that I ve been toying with It is characteristic of liberal thinking to make negative arguments concerning rights You have a right to any activity or freedom that won t directly harm another person It is the negative version of the golden rule do not do unto others as thou would st not have done unto thyself To me and to many others this seems to be a wise and logical basis for political freedom Yet there is a danger Let s take freedom of speech Barring special circumstances we have the right to say or write anything because doing so couldn t harm anyone else Noam Chomsky and Neo Nazis men s rights and and gay rights activists all are permitted to send their messages over the airwaves On one level this is a marvelous thing But think about the logic of it For a government to say that you can say or write anything because it couldn t possibly be harmful is to place a very low premium on language and knowledge It is in a sense a self fulfilling prophecy So in some strange way governments much concerned with censorship like Orwell s imagined dystopia value ideas than we do They feel threatened by ideas threatened enough to dedicate time and resources to suash them whereas we think of ideas as harmless Of course I m playing devil s advocate here but it s worth thinking about Why not this don t argue for the freedom of speech and the press by declaring that such freedoms could result in no damage But rather argue that ideas and language have the potential to do an enormous amount of damage and therefore have the potential to do an enormous amount of good as well False Pretences you can say or write anything because it couldn t possibly be harmful is to place a very low premium on language and knowledge It is in a sense a self fulfilling prophecy So in some strange way governments much concerned with censorship like Orwell s imagined dystopia value ideas than we do They feel threatened by ideas threatened enough to dedicate time and resources to suash them whereas we think of ideas as harmless Of course I m playing devil s advocate here but it s worth thinking about Why not this don t argue for the freedom of speech and the press by declaring that such freedoms could result in no damage But rather argue that ideas and language have the potential to do an enormous amount of damage and therefore have the potential to do an enormous amount of good as well

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Liberal Imagination Essays on Literature and Society Reprint of the 1950 Ed Trilling Lionel Works

Free read ☆ Liberal Imagination Essays on Literature and Society Reprint of the 1950 Ed Trilling Lionel Works 105 characters Liberal Imagination Essays on Literature and Society Reprint of the 1950 Ed Trilling Lionel Works In rationality progress and the panaceas of economics and other social sciences and asserting in their stead the irreducible complexity of human motivation and the tragic inevitability of tragedy Only the imagination Trilling argues can give us access and insight into these realms and only the imagination can ground a reflective and considered rather than programmatic and dogmatic liberalismWrit. Have been savoring each essay as I worked my way through this book I m surprised that I ve never read it before Anyone seriously interested in writing should have a copy so it can be reread from time to time Sample essays are The Meaning of a Literary Idea Freud and Literature Manners Morals and the Novel A Sense of the Past The Function of the Little Magazine I can t say enough about all of them

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Free read ☆ Liberal Imagination Essays on Literature and Society Reprint of the 1950 Ed Trilling Lionel Works 105 characters Liberal Imagination Essays on Literature and Society Reprint of the 1950 Ed Trilling Lionel Works Ing with acute intelligence about classics like Huckleberry Finn and the novels of Henry James and F Scott Fitzgerald but also on such varied matters as the Kinsey Report and money in the American imagination Trilling presents a model of the critic as both part of and apart from his society a defender of the reflective life that in our ever rationalized world seems ever necessary and ever remote. I read books like this old collections of critical essays by major at the time intellectual figures for a few reasons1 I like absorbing historical contexts seeing what moved someone to write for instance Trilling was fired up about proving that Theodore Dreiser and Sherwood Anderson were not really very good authors in defiance of popular opinion at the time Even though I ve never read either Dresier or Anderson I liked seeing Trilling break down their work according to his own ideas and identify the problems and the good points Similarly his strong feelings about Freud and the Kinsey report tell me a lot about Trilling s concerns and ideas around sexuality and psychoanalysis even though I don t really care about the Kinsey report in itself2 I like acuiring new tools for own critical kit when Trilling analyses Dreiser s use of pity in his novels for instance and explains what he thinks is wrong of it I get new ways to think about how authors use pity in fiction Ditto Trilling s belief that Anderson s celebration of life is undercut by the fact that he talks too much about emotions and not enough about the actual concrete experience of living I think I ve felt that myself about other authors but now I have much useful words to consider it with3 I like being inspired to read new things for instance Trilling s in depth analysis of The Princess Casamassima made me remember how much I enjoyed The Portrait of a Lady when I read it nearly 20 something years ago so if I am going to read James why not that one and then I can reread Trilling s essay afterwards and see what I think of it in contextAll of which are of course very particular and personal pleasures which may not translate well to other readers Still for me this was an interesting and soothing read during trying emotional times


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  • 18 July 2020
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