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At war with the word : literary theory and liberal education

Author: R V Young
Publisher: Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, 1999.
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"Postmodernism, deconstruction, and the attack on the Western Canon have stirred academic disputes so intensely that they have spilled down from the lofty world of literary criticism into the mass media and popular culture. Even TV situation comedies have made sport of such arcane concepts as the deconstructionist notion that words have no intrinsic meanings outside of a given social or economic context." "Now,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Young, R.V., 1947-
At war with the word.
Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, 1999
(OCoLC)607176688
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R V Young
ISBN: 1882926277 9781882926275 1932236198 9781932236194
OCLC Number: 41887027
Description: xii, 199 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The old new criticism and its critics --
Derrida or deity? Deconstruction in the presence of the word --
Deconstruction and the fear and loathing of logos --
New historicism: literature and the will to power --
Constitutional interpretation and literary theory --
Distinct models: why we teach what we teach.
Responsibility: R.V. Young.

Abstract:

"Postmodernism, deconstruction, and the attack on the Western Canon have stirred academic disputes so intensely that they have spilled down from the lofty world of literary criticism into the mass media and popular culture. Even TV situation comedies have made sport of such arcane concepts as the deconstructionist notion that words have no intrinsic meanings outside of a given social or economic context." "Now, literary critic R.V. Young surveys the dominant trends in literary theory of the past thirty years and concludes that the result has been a corruption of the teaching of literature, which is an essential part of a liberal education." "Young views the current controversy as an essentially spiritual conflict that has profound political implications." "At War with the Word seeks to transcend the politicization of literature and calls for a greater recognition of literature's role in developing the intellect and imagination of students."--Jacket.

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