After Ontology: Literary Theory and Modernist Poetics

After Ontology: Literary Theory and Modernist Poetics

by William D. Melaney
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791449572

ISBN-13: 9780791449578

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

After Ontology identifies the uniquely postmodern elements in hermeneutics and deconstruction in order to re-read many of the central texts in modernist literature. In a comparative study that illuminates points of contact between the philosophical positions of Gadamer and Derrida, William D. Melaney discusses Heidegger's influence on both Gadamer's

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After Ontology identifies the uniquely postmodern elements in hermeneutics and deconstruction in order to re-read many of the central texts in modernist literature. In a comparative study that illuminates points of contact between the philosophical positions of Gadamer and Derrida, William D. Melaney discusses Heidegger's influence on both Gadamer's ontological approach to the work of art and Derrida's transformative approach to the cultural text as implicitly postmodern. The difference between these two approaches is presented through a mutual critique of modern aesthetics that demonstrates how deconstruction can contribute to postmodern criticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791449578
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Modernism and the Crisis in Aesthetics

1. Hermeneutics and the Modern Work of Art

Section1. Gadamer's Interpretation of Kant: The Perils of Subjectivity
Section 2. Heidegger's Poetic Ontology: Art as the Truth of World
Section 3. Hermeneutics after Structure: Rethinking Modernist Time
Section 4. Vattimo's Understanding: History in Postmodern Hermeneutics

2. Deconstruction and the Modernist Text

Section 1. Derrida's Passage beyond Kant: The Silent Space of Language
Section 2. Deconstruction after Heidegger: "Double Reading" in "Restitutions"
Section 3. Nietzsche and Psychoanalysis: Toward the Other in Language
Section 4. Lyotard's Postmodern Turn: Legitimacy and the Missing Trace

3. Archeology and the Modernist Poetics

Section 1. Eliot's Postsymbolist Inter-Text: Hamlet and the Voices of Irony
Section 2. Eliot/Pound as Epic Poets: Dante and the Site of Translation
Section 3. In Search of Joyce's Ulysses: From Discourse to Semiotics
Section 4. Yeats and the Poetic Occasion: History in the Signs of Writing

4. Criticism and the Modernist Inter-Text

Section 1. Modernism as the "Completion" of Aesthetics
Section 2. Deconstruction as an Ethical Hermeneutic

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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