Culture Of Literacy / Edition 1

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Overview

At the onset of modernity in the sixteenth century, literature and history were wrenched apart. Wlad Godzich, one of the animators of the turn toward literary theory, seeks to restore historical consciousness to criticism after a period of its painful repression. In this sweeping study, he considers the emergence of the modern state, the institutions and disciplines of culture and learning, as well as the history of philosophy, the history of historiography, and literary history itself. He offers a powerful account of semiotics; an important critical perspective on narratology; a profound discussion of deconstruction; and many brief, practical demonstrations of why Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, and de Man remain essential resources for contemporary critical thought. The culture of literacy is on the wane, Godzich argues. Throughout the modern period, language has been the institution that provided the condition of possibility for all other institutions, from university to church to state. but the pervasive crisis of meaning we now experience is the result of a shift in the modes of production of knowledge. The culture of literacy has been faced with transformations it cannot accommodate, and the existing organization of knowledge has been challenged. By wedding literature to a reflective practice of history, Godzich leads us toward a critique of political reason, and a profound sense of how postmodernity can overcome by deftly sidestepping the modern. This book will bring to a wider audience the work of a writer who is recognized as one of the most commanding figures of his generation for range, learning, and capacity of innovation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674179554
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Literacy and the Struggle for Theory 1
1 Reading for Culture 36
2 The Changing Face of History 55
3 Popular Culture and Spanish Literary History 72
4 After the Storyteller 96
5 Where the Action Is 106
6 The Time Machine 123
7 Paul de Man and the Perils of Intelligence 133
8 Caution! Reader at Work 145
9 The Tiger on the Paper Mat 159
10 The Domestication of Derrida 171
11 The Semiotics of Semiotics 193
12 From Eye to Ear: The Paths of Allegory in Philo 217
13 Religion, the State, and Post(al) Modernism 233
14 In-Quest of Modernity 247
15 The Further Possibility of Knowledge 257
16 Emergent Literature and the Field of Comparative Literature 274
Notes 295
Credits 313
Index 315
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