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The direction of literary theory

Author: Steven Earnshaw
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book starts from the proposition that literary theory is divided into two broad, antithetical camps. One camp comprises theories which assume that the text itself is the generator of meaning and significance, whereas the other camp holds the basic assumption that meaning and significance are a function of context. The first half is devoted to resolving this central dichotomy by examining issues that are highly  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Earnshaw
ISBN: 0312159145 9780312159146 0312159153 9780312159153
OCLC Number: 33897566
Description: viii, 182 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Making the Author Function: The Wives of Thomas Pynchon and Paul de Man --
3. 'Murder Case Man's "Threat" to Shoot Teddy Bears': Intention in Literary Theory --
4. Well and Truly Fact: Postmodernism and History --
5. About Value --
6. Thanks for the Theory --
7. Alterity: Martin Buber's 'I-Thou' in Literature and the Arts --
8. Impossibility Fiction? IF Only ... --
9. Despair, Enchantment, Prayer: A Conclusion --
Appendix: 'Impossibility Fiction' --
Conference --
call for papers.
Responsibility: Steven Earnshaw.

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The book starts from the proposition that literary theory is divided into two broad, antithetical camps. One camp comprises theories which assume that the text itself is the generator of meaning and significance, whereas the other camp holds the basic assumption that meaning and significance are a function of context. The first half is devoted to resolving this central dichotomy by examining issues that are highly contentious within literary theory - the author, intention, value, postmodernism and history. Theory's function within the Arts is then scrutinised in the second half, particularly its existence in this non-rational environment and a variety of possible responses are outlined. All those interested in understanding literary theory today and the possibilities for its future will find this book essential reading.

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