of the Life faced the difficulty of accounting for Cellini's significance both within and without the model of artisanship--as the mastery of "situations," as a wider way of life, and as printed narrative--emerging from the craft movement.
The transcript--which flows from one example to the other, brought to an end with unfortunately chipped summaries--comes at its best when Kermode explains the alterations of canon by psychoanalyzing the great canonizers
, highlighting sexual archetypal patterns in their attitudes to canon: Arnold's plaisir of passages displaying "pathos" and "ever-increasing, irremediable pain," and Eliot's take on texts of "education, ruin, damnation, and the pains of purgatory." Steering dangerously close to "equating high literature with [a little bit more and less than] sexual pleasure," Kermode concludes by claiming responsible the pleasures of interpretive communities as well, who--from mostly inexplicable personal motives--keep the flow of texts alive.
Much of her reading focuses on works that had already fallen into neglect well before the twentieth-century formation of American literature as an academic field, at the hands of nineteenth-century canonizers
such as May, Read, and Griswold.
In other words, Jasper is asserting that romanticism, stripped of the view of modern secular canonizers
, is more closely allied to postmodernism than we might have thought.
With passion and eloquence, he addresses current debates about classical music in today's world: to whom it is--or should be--addressed, what steps (if any) should be taken to reach a mass audience, and the role of opinion makers and canonizers
in perpetuating repertories.
Fujii's analysis of silence and death in the novel shows how Soseki's novel as well as its canonizers
and critics have successfully "written out" Japan's imperialist enterprises on the Asian continent.
Post-traditional poetry has its most conspicuous origins in the mid-1920s, when, just about simultaneously, the leading canonizers
of high modernism began to take radical measures to address what seemed to them a profound schism between their most revered traditions and their peculiar historical interpretations of post-War Europe.
In brief, this inviolability of the scriptures to their canonizers
is itself the strongest evidence that the texts compiled into the current Torah were regarded by the scribes themselves as the legacy of a true and early revelation.
(21) I discuss the analogous case of objections to vernacular romance by classicizing canonizers
, who saw that genre as too popular for inclusion in a national literary tradition, in chapter three of my Ladies Errant.