Critical Encounters: Reference and Responsibility in Deconstructive Writing

Critical Encounters: Reference and Responsibility in Deconstructive Writing

by Cathy Caruth, Deborah Esch
     
 

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Critical Encounters addresses a central and long-standing concern in literary criticism and theory: What is the relation between literature and reality, or language and experience? The questions raised by poststructuralist criticism, and particularly deconstruction, concerning the establishment of reference, appear to many readers to involve a dangerous denial… See more details below

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Critical Encounters addresses a central and long-standing concern in literary criticism and theory: What is the relation between literature and reality, or language and experience? The questions raised by poststructuralist criticism, and particularly deconstruction, concerning the establishment of reference, appear to many readers to involve a dangerous denial of any link between texts and reality: the possibility that reference is indirect seems to mean that we have no reliable access to experience or to history and, therefore, no basis for political action or ethical decision. Drawing on contemporary theories of literature, history, and feminism, the essays in this volume interrogate the assumptions underlying this critique of deconstruction by asking what it would mean to conceive of an experience that is constituted by the very way it escapes or resists comprehension. Taking as their starting point the attempt to rethink fundamental questions of reality and reference, the contributors ultimately ask how we might learn to recognize and to respond to the realities of a history, a politics, and an ethics not based on straightforward understanding.

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ISBN-13:
9780813520858
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture Series
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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