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Cultural Authority in the Age of WhitmanA Transatlantic Perspective$
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Gunter Leypoldt

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635740

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.001.0001

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The Nineteenth-Century Intellectual Field

The Nineteenth-Century Intellectual Field

(p.16) (p.17) Chapter 1 The Nineteenth-Century Intellectual Field
Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Günter Leypoldt

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes the intellectual field of the nineteenth century. The first section discusses the sensibility of the literary intellectuals, and then examines Pierre Bourdieu's concept of intellectual autonomy. It is followed by a section on William Wordsworth's role in romantic avant-garde and the dual nature of literary autonomy. The chapter also discusses the tropes of cultural dissociation and a firm pragmatic awareness characteristic of romantic writers. It studies professionalism, post-Kantian aesthetics, and the uses of cultural parallelism, before ending with a discussion of the topographies of professionalism.

Keywords:   intellectual field, literary intellectuals, Pierre Bourdieu, intellectual autonomy, William Wordsworth, romantic avant-garde, literary autonomy, cultural dissociation, cultural parallelism, professionalism

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