Latham, Sean, Am I A Snob? Modernism and the Novel (Ithaca and London: Cornell UP, 2003)

Centrally concerned with the anxieties of cultural capital, Latham's book is highly relevant to the study of middlebrow culture, and also illuminates modernism's negotiations with the marketplace. The snob, argues Latham, 'must be recognized as a figure of mediation, facilitating the exchange of social and cultural capital', and 'the snob eagerly demonstrates the ways in which aesthetic knowledge can be used to generate social prestige and financial reward'. Individual chapters focus on: Thackerary; Wilde; Woolf; Joyce; Dorothy L Sayers.

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