Christopher Lasch

Christopher Lasch (lăsh), 1932–94, American historian, b. Omaha, Neb., grad. Harvard, 1956, Ph.D., Columbia, 1961. After teaching at the Univ. of Iowa (1961–66) and Northwestern Univ. (1966–70), he became a professor of American history at the Univ. of Rochester. In his early works, The New Radicalism in America (1965) and The Agony of the American Left (1969), he offered a sharp analysis of the limitations of liberal activism. He was critical of what he perceived to be the self-centered and shallow nature of American culture. In his later works, his impatience with conventional liberal and progressive responses to American social problems are central themes. These works include Haven in a Heartless World (1977), The Culture of Narcissism (1979), The Minimal Self (1985), and The True and Only Heaven (1991).

See biography by E. Miller (2010).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Christopher Lasch: Selected full-text books and articles

The American Liberals and the Russian Revolution By Christopher Lasch Columbia University Press, 1962
Face to Face: Fathers, Mothers, Masters, Monsters: Essays for a Nonsexist Future By Meg McGavran Murray Greenwood Press, 1983
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "A Society without Fathers: Cooperative Commonwealth or Harmonious Ant-Heap?" by Christopher Lasch
The Anxieties of Affluence: Critiques of American Consumer Culture, 1939-1979 By Daniel Horowitz University of Massachusetts Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "The Energy Crisis and the Quest to Contain Consumption: Daniel Bell, Christopher Lasch, and Robert Bellah"
Masculinity Studies & Feminist Theory: New Directions By Judith Kegan Gardiner Columbia University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Masculinity and the (M)other: toward a Synthesis of Feminist Mothering Theory and Psychoanalytic Theories of Narcissism"
American Tough: The Tough-Guy Tradition and American Character By Rupert Wilkinson Greenwood Press, 1984
Librarian’s tip: "Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism (1979)" begins on p. 79
Reconstructing the Family in Contemporary American Fiction By Desmond F. McCarthy Peter Lang Publishing, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Christopher Lasch begins on p. 13
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