The slogan of a small but influential group of American critics in the 1920s and 1930s, led by Irving Babbitt and Paul Elmer More, and including among its champions Norman Foerster and (for a short period before defecting to an incompatible position) Stuart P. It derived its concept of humanism and many of its literary principles from the critical writings of Matthew Arnold, upholding an ethical doctrine of self-restraint in place of formal religious doctrine and opposing the excessive individualism of the Romantic tradition in the name of classical order and harmony.
It was especially hostile to the Romantic cult of nature, and tended to blame the nationalism exhibited in the First World War upon Romantic forms of irrationalism. Eliot, who had studied under Babbitt and sympathized with his anti-Romantic principles but came to regard the New Humanism as incoherent because lacking in secure religious foundations.
This website was born out of frustration and excitement.
I first encountered the difficulty of obtaining anthologies in 1998.
Bielefeld University, Germany, June 2016.“Literary Topographies and the Scale of Environmental Justice.” Invited Plenary Speaker.
Norman Foerster Best Essay American Literature
Rethinking Globalization and the Challenges of Scale: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences.” North Carolina State University.
At Concordia, I am a member of the Center for Sensory Studies. Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment, Davis, CA June 2019.“Olfactory Art and Differential Deodorization.” Paper presenter and convener for a panel on “Media, Atmospherics, and Risk.” ASAP/Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.
My recent courses have examined topics such as geographies of risk, transnational American literature, medical humanities, the aesthetics of atmosphere, and race and realism; I have also facilitated independent reading courses in spatial theory, Indigenous literatures, and nineteenth-century American literature. Berkeley, CA; Oct 2017.“Olfactory Ecocriticism and ‘Air Conditioning.’” Presentation and co-convener of a panel on “Ecocriticism and the Lower Senses.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Nancy Glazener is a Professor of English and Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program.
Her scholarship and teaching focus on US literature from the 18th-century to the present and on contemporary fiction that circulates globally. Glazener is currently at work on a study of police procedural detective fiction (print and TV) in relation to real-world policing, masculinity, hardboiled/noir affects, and neoliberal work cultures.