Bleak Liberalism by Amanda Anderson

By Amanda Anderson

Why is liberalism so usually pushed aside by means of thinkers from either the left and the proper? to these calling for wholesale transformation or claiming a monopoly on “realistic” conceptions of humanity, liberalism’s guaranteed progressivism can appear tough to swallow. Bleak Liberalism makes the case for a renewed figuring out of the liberal culture, exhibiting that it's even more attuned to the complexity of political lifestyles than traditional debts have acknowledged.

Amanda Anderson examines canonical works of excessive realism, political novels from England and the us, and modernist works to argue that liberalism has engaged sober or even stark perspectives of historic improvement, political dynamics, and human and social psychology. From Charles Dickens’s Bleak House and Hard Times to E. M. Forster’s Howards End to Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, this literature demonstrates that liberalism has creative methods of balancing sociological critique and ethical aspiration. A deft combination of highbrow heritage and literary research, Bleak Liberalism unearths a richer knowing of 1 of crucial political ideologies of the fashionable era.

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