The New Humanists Criticism: New Humanism In Education And Literature - Essay

Michael R. Harris (essay date 1970)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Harris, Michael R. “Irving Babbitt: Civilized Standards and Humanistic Education.” In Five Counterrevolutionists in Higher Education, pp. 49-79. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 1970.

[In the essay below, Harris evaluates Babbitt's ideas pertaining to higher education.]

To repudiate the traditional Christian and classical checks and at the same time fail to work out some new and more vital control upon impulse and temperament is to be guilty of high treason to civilization.

—Irving Babbitt, 1932

Preeminent among the New Humanists, Irving Babbitt opposed educational...

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J. David Hoeveler Jr. (essay date 1977)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Hoeveler Jr., J. David. “The New Humanists.” In The New Humanism: A Critique of Modern America, 1900-1940, pp. 3-27. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1977.

[In the following essay, Hoeveler traces the individual paths that led Paul Elmer More, Irving Babbitt, and other writers to align into the movement known as the New Humanism and comments on the social context of this intellectual trend.]

Fighting a whole generation is not exactly a happy task.

—Irving Babbitt

The New Humanism sprang from a profound disaffection with the modern age. Centering its attention on the...

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Abdul R. JanMohamed (essay date spring-fall 1984)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: JanMohamed, Abdul R. “Humanism and Minority Literature: Toward a Definition of Counter-Hegemonic Discourse.” boundary 2 12-13, nos. 3 & 1 (spring-fall 1984): 281-99.

[In the following essay, JanMohamed traces the influence of New Humanist ideas on later evaluations of minority literature, arguing that the New Humanists established rigid cultural standards that still impede criticism of non-traditional literature.]

Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist and poet, claims that in the process of articulating the plight of their people, in depicting the trauma produced by colonial domination, and in the attempt to redefine the direction of indigenous cultures,...

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