[Marxism] Matthew Arnold as neoconservative hero

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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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