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by Susan L. Mizruchi

Category: History and Criticism
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Susan L. Mizruchi
ISBN: 0691068925
ISBN13: 978-0691068923
Language: English
Publisher: Princeton University Press (May 4, 1998)
Pages: 496
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The Science of Sacrifice is an extremely impressive exploration in intellectual and cultural history. Susan Mizruchi works comfortably in the disciplines she excavates, and her insights are extremely illuminating and frequently brilliant. ―Orlando Patterson, Harvard University.

The Science of Sacrifice is an extremely impressive exploration in intellectual and cultural history. The Science of Sacrifice is an extremely impressive exploration in intellectual and cultural history.

In a compelling interdisciplinary investigation, Susan Mizruchi portrays an episode in American cultural history .

In a compelling interdisciplinary investigation, Susan Mizruchi portrays an episode in American cultural history when the literary movement of realism and the fledgling field of sociology both converged in the belief that sacrifice is basic to sociality. This is a book about the fascination that sacrifice held for writers-principally Herman Melville, Henry James, and . Du Bois-and also for those who articulated the main tenets of modern social theory, an inquiry that eventually spans historical events such as public lynchings and the political scapegoating of immigrants a century ago.

I have studied extensivly with Susan Mizruchi at Boston University, and found her to be an intelligent and thoughtful writer. Her other essays and writing that I've encountered are first class analysis, and I find it hard to imagine that this book is any different. Download (pdf, . 9 Mb) Donate Read. Epub FB2 mobi txt RTF.

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Susan L. Mizruchi is professor of English and American studies at Boston University. Her four previous books include The Science of Sacrifice: American Literature and Modern Social Theory. One fee. Stacks of books. Read whenever, wherever. Your phone is always with you, so your books are too – even when you’re offline. Bookmate – an app that makes you want to read. The Rise of Multicultural America.

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The Science of Sacrifice: American Literature and Modern Social Theory, Food for Thought Lecture Series, Marsh Chapel, Boston University (May 4, 1999). The Place of Ritual in Our Time Brandeis University (December 16, 1998); Harvard University (April 29, 1999). Getting Religion The Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth University (June 25, 1998); Aesthetics and Difference Conference, University of California, Riverside (October 25, 1998); History in the Making Symposium, University of Wisconsin, Madison, (March 26, 1999). Categories: Science (general)\Scientific-popular.

From ritual killings to subtle acts of self-denial, the practice and rhetoric of sacrifice has a special centrality in modern American literature. In a compelling interdisciplinary investigation, Susan Mizruchi portrays an episode in American cultural history when the literary movement of realism and the fledgling field of sociology both converged in the belief that sacrifice is basic to sociality. This is a book about the fascination that sacrifice held for writers--principally Herman Melville, Henry James, and W.E.B. Du Bois--and also for those who articulated the main tenets of modern social theory, an inquiry that eventually spans historical events such as public lynchings and the political scapegoating of immigrants a century ago.

The execution in Billy Budd Sailor, the death of Du Bois's first-born son in The Souls of Black Folk, Henry James's preoccupation with renunciation and scapegoating, and the self-denying working classes of Norris and Stein all illustrate repeated stagings of sacrificial rituals from a Biblical past. For Mizruchi, the peculiar persistence of this aesthetic construct becomes a guide to a rich theological and social-scientific tradition distinctive to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and including such influential works as Smith's Lectures on the Religion of the Semites, Frazer's Golden Bough, and Ross's Sin and Society.

The major features of sacrifice--its original association with spiritual doubt, its function as a form of spiritual economics that sustained divisions between the fortunate and the bereft, and its role in fixing boundaries between aliens and kin--held strong symbolic value for writers struggling to reconcile faith with rationalism, and communal coherence with capitalist expansion. Mizruchi eloquently demonstrates how the conceptual power of sacrifice made it a key mediator of cultural change, from the decline of sympathy and the significance of "race" in an emerging multicultural society to the revival of maternal self-sacrifice.

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Kirizan
Susan Mizruchi is a rare blend of literary critic and student of social science, well versed theoretically in both. In this New Historicist monograph, she blends the two, unpacking a theme of sacrifice that she finds to have been promulgated in some shared manner, in parts of 19th- and early 20th-century American literature, theology, and social studies. True to form for a scholar of literature, Mizruchi presents textual evidence to substantiate and illuminate her interpretations.

So far, I've read her treatment of Frank Norris's McTeague under this rubric -- sacrifice -- and it was very good. I expected as much, having studied under Mizruchi 20 years ago when I, as an undergraduate, took her American novels course at Boston University. I am reading this for pleasure now, intermittently, alongside relevant works of literature -- enhancing my experience and thinking.
Nea
I have studied extensivly with Susan Mizruchi at Boston University, and found her to be an intelligent and thoughtful writer. Her other essays and writing that I've encountered are first class analysis, and I find it hard to imagine that this book is any different. I think the reader in the previous review probably didn't give it the thought it deserved.
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