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This volume assesses the current state of literary theory and examines the issues to be addressed by future research. The essays in this volume cover established theoretical perspectives and debates and also examine the changing the face of literary studies in the modern world. They include essays on reception theory, sociology and literature, modernism and post-modernism, Marxism and literature, feminist literary theory, psychoanalytic literary theory and the relevance of race and imperialism to the study of ...
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Overview

This volume assesses the current state of literary theory and examines the issues to be addressed by future research. The essays in this volume cover established theoretical perspectives and debates and also examine the changing the face of literary studies in the modern world. They include essays on reception theory, sociology and literature, modernism and post-modernism, Marxism and literature, feminist literary theory, psychoanalytic literary theory and the relevance of race and imperialism to the study of literature.
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'A powerful and wide-ranging publication.' French Studies

'One rises from a reading of this volume with a clear sense of the impressive range and catholicity of contemporary literary theory.' The Modern Language Review

'This book assembles a distinguished cast of contributors to consider what the problems and possibilities of literary theory today might also entail for Literary theory tomorrow. The volume reflects one of those rare occasions when the convention of essays-by-diverse-hands succeeds in maintaining a genuinely open and plural perspective on the issues it confronts.' Christopher Prendergast

'Since most of the contributors of this volume are internationally recognized figures representing a variety of disciplines, this book will likely be of interest to a wide range of literary and cultural theorists.' David B. Downing, Literature and History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801425264
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/1990
  • Pages: 280

Meet the Author

Peter Collier is Lecturer in French at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.

Helga Geyer-Ryan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Amsterdam.

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Table of Contents

Introduction:.

Beyond Postmodernism: Peter Collier and Helga Geyer-Ryan.

Part I:.

1. The Surprise of Otherness: Barbara Johnson.

2. The Problem of Aesthetic Value: Peter Burger.

3. Metaphysics at the Moment of its Fall: Albrecht Wellmer.

Part II:.

4. The Theory of Reception: Hans Robert Jauss.

5. The New Historicism: Stephen Greenblatt.

6. Text, Author-Function and Society: Robert Weimann.

Part III:.

7. Undecidability as Hermeneutic Constraint: Michael Riffaterre.

8. Literariness, Dominance and Violence in Formalist Aesthetics: Ann Jefferson.

9. Conversions: Sarah Kofman.

10. Identification and the Real: Julia Kristeva.

Part IV:.

11. Feminism and Literature: Elaine Showalter.

12. Articulating the Archaic: Homi K Bhabha.

13. Post-structuralism, Marginality, Post-Coloniality and Value: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

Index

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