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The limits of critique

Author: Rita Felski
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why must critics unmask and demystify literary works? Why do they believe that language is always withholding some truth, that the critic's task is to reveal the unsaid or repressed? In this book, Rita Felski examines critique, the dominant form of interpretation in literary studies, and situates it as but one method among many, a method with strong allure - but also definite limits. Felski argues that critique is a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rita Felski
ISBN: 9780226293981 022629398X 9780226294032 022629403X 022629417X 9780226294179
OCLC Number: 902656914
Description: viii, 228 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The stakes of suspicion --
Digging down and standing back --
An inspector calls --
Crrritique --
"Context stinks!" --
In short.
Responsibility: Rita Felski.

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Why must critics unmask and demystify literary works? Why do they believe that language is always withholding some truth, that the critic's task is to reveal the unsaid or repressed? In this book, Rita Felski examines critique, the dominant form of interpretation in literary studies, and situates it as but one method among many, a method with strong allure - but also definite limits. Felski argues that critique is a sensibility best captured by Paul Ricoeur's phrase "the hermeneutics of suspicion." She shows how this suspicion toward texts forecloses many potential readings while providing no guarantee of rigorous or radical thought. Instead, she suggests, literary scholars should try what she calls "postcritical reading": rather than looking behind a text for hidden causes and motives, literary scholars should place themselves in front of it and reflect on what it suggests and makes possible. By bringing critique down to earth and exploring new modes of interpretation, The Limits of Critique offers a fresh approach to the relation between artistic works and the social world. -- from back cover.

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