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A theory of literary production

Author: Pierre Macherey; Geoffrey Wall
Publisher: London ; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1978.
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Who is more important: the reader, or the writer? Originally published in French in 1966, Pierre Macherey's first and most famous work, "A Theory of Literary Production" dared to challenge perceived wisdom, and quickly established him as a pivotal figure in literary theory. In this provocative work, Macherey puts the focus as much on the reader as the writer, stating that the very act of reading is a form of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Macherey, Pierre.
Theory of literary production.
London ; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1978
(OCoLC)646851974
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Macherey; Geoffrey Wall
ISBN: 0710089783 9780710089786 0710000871 9780710000873
OCLC Number: 4549852
Notes: Translation of Pour une théorie de la production littéraire.
Includes index.
Description: ix, 326 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Criticism and judgment --
Domain and object --
Questions and answers --
Rule and law --
Positive and negative judgment --
Front and back --
Improvisation, structure and necessity --
Autonomy and independence --
Image and concept: beautiful language and true language --
Illusion and fiction --
Creation and production --
Pact and contract --
Explanation and interpretation --
Implicit and explicit --
The spoken and the unspoken --
The two questions --
Interior and exterior --
Depth and complexity --
Lenin, critic of Tolstoy --
Literary analysis: the tomb of structures --
Jules Verne: the faulty narrative --
Borges and the fictive narrative --
Balzac's Les Paysans: a disparate text.
Other Titles: Pour une théorie de la production littéraire.
Responsibility: Pierre Macherey ; translated from the French by Geoffrey Wall.

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Who is more important: the reader, or the writer? Originally published in French in 1966, Pierre Macherey's first and most famous work, "A Theory of Literary Production" dared to challenge perceived wisdom, and quickly established him as a pivotal figure in literary theory. In this provocative work, Macherey puts the focus as much on the reader as the writer, stating that the very act of reading is a form of production in its own right, generating interpretation and meanings which are beyond the control of the author. Part of the birth of a whole new branch of post-structuralist theory, Macherey's work also influenced a new generation of critics among them Jacques Derrida, his contemporary, and Terry Eagleton. His ideas have also led some observers to claim that he announced the death of the author fully two years before Roland Barthes' famous essay.

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