The Nineteenth-Century Intellectual Field

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635740
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651658 | DOI:
The Nineteenth-Century Intellectual Field

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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

Chapter.  12397 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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