[Marxism] Matthew Arnold as neoconservative hero
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Mon Nov 24 08:12:44 MST 2014
Terry Eagleton pointed out in his "Criticism and Ideology" that the
modern literature curriculum was introduced into the British
universities at the urging of Matthew Arnold. He was the Allan Bloom of
his day in other words.
Arnold thought that since religion was losing its ability to train the
masses into remaining obedient to class rule (my words, not his),
something else must suffice. That something else was the classics of
English literature such as those of Shakespeare and Jane Austen. The
classics would teach the unruly eighteen year old about the "continuity"
and "greatness" of English civilization and make better, ie. more
obedient, citizens out of them.
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