Literature in the Modern World: Critical Essays and Documents / Edition 2

Literature in the Modern World: Critical Essays and Documents / Edition 2

by Dennis Walder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199253013

ISBN-13: 9780199253012

Pub. Date: 01/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

A unique combination of English, European, feminist, and "New Writing" essays on literary studies from the 1920s to the 1980s, this book sheds new light on the main theoretical issues involved in the study of modern literary texts. The book includes the views of leading critics and theorists such as Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar, Frank Kermode, Edward

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A unique combination of English, European, feminist, and "New Writing" essays on literary studies from the 1920s to the 1980s, this book sheds new light on the main theoretical issues involved in the study of modern literary texts. The book includes the views of leading critics and theorists such as Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar, Frank Kermode, Edward Said, and Lionel Trilling, as well as such renowned writers as W.H. Auden, Umberto Eco, Seamus Heaney, Czeslaw Milosz, and Virginia Woolf. Focusing on major critical topics—genre, interpretation, history and criticism, gender, and race—Literature in the Modern World provides a critical awareness of the debates likely to dominate future discussions of literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199253012
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction
Part One: General Approaches
I Questioning the Canon
Introduction
1. Repossessing the Past: The Case for an Open Literary History, Marylin Butler
2. Canon and Period, Frank Kermode
3. Literature and the Rise of English, Terry Eagleton
4. Women Poets, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar
5. Literary Theory and the Black Tradition, Henry Louis Gates, Jnr.
II Interpretation
Introduction
1. The Babel of Interpretations, E. D. Hirsch, Jnr.
2. Interpreting the Variorium, Stanley Fish
3. Who Cares About the Text?, Robert Scholes
4. Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory, Hans Robert Jauss
5. The Interpreter's Freud, Geoffrey Hartman
III Commitment
Introduction
1. To Cambridge Women, Virginia Woolf
2. Writing, Reading, and the Public, Jean-Paul Sartre
3. Commitment, Theodor Adorno
4. The Essential Gesture, Nadine Gordimer
5. Right and Wrong Political Uses of Literature, Italo Calvino
Part Two: Themes and Issues
I Form and Genre
Introduction
1. Story and Narrative, Seymour Chatman
2. Semiotics of Theatrical Performance, Umberto Eco
3. The Signs of Drama, Martin Esslin
Close Reading, John Barrell
II Modernisms
Introduction
1. Remarks on Poetry, Paul Valery
2. Order in Narrative, Gerard Genette
3. Towards a Semiotics of Literature, Robert Scholes
4. The Ideology of Modernism, George Lukacs
5. Modernism and the Metropolis, Raymond Williams
6. Gender and Modernism, Bonnie Kime Scott
III Literature and Nation
Introduction
1. The Lion and the Unicorn, George Orwell
2. Beyond a Boundary, C. L. R. James
3. Woman and Nationalism, Virginia Woolf
4. The Intimate Enemy, Ashis Nandy
5. The National Longing for Form, Timothy Brennan
IV Literature and Ideology
Introduction
1. A Short Organum for the Theatre, Bertolt Brecht
2. Marxist Criticism, Terry Eagleton
3. The Text Says What It Does Not Say, Pierre Macherey
4. The Death of the Author, Roland Barthes
5. What is an Author?, Michel Foucault
V Literature and Gender
Introduction
1. Woman and the Other, Simone de Beauvoir
2. Language and Gender, Cora Kaplan
3. Laugh of the Medusa, Helene Cixous
4. Rootedness: The Ancestor as Foundation, Toni Morrison
5. Introduction to Between Men, Eve Kosovsky Sedgewick
6. Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire, Judith Butler
VI End of Empire
Introduction
1. The Discourse of the Orient, Edward Said
2. Behind the Cliches of Contemporary Theatre, John McGrath
3. Englands of the Mind, Seamus Heaney
4. From the Victorian Nyanza to the Sheraton San Salvador, Mary Louise Pratt
VII From Commonwealth to Post-Colonial
Introduction
1. On National Culture, Frantz Fanon
2. Colonialist Criticism, Chinua Achebe
3. History of the Voice, Kamau Brathwaite
4. Post-Colonial Reconstruction, Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin
5. When Was The Post-Colonial?, Stuart Hall
VIII Literature and History
Introduction
1. Theses on the Philosophy of History, Walter Benjamin
2. History and Fiction, Laurence Lerner
3. Introduction to Metahistory, Hayden White
4. The Text, the Poem, and the Problem of Historical Method, Jerome McGann
5. The Keening Muse, Joseph Brodsky
6. The Hollow Miracle, George Steiner
7. Literary History and Literary Modernity, Paul de Man
IX Literature and Value
Introduction
1. An Elergy for the Canon, Harold Bloom
2. The Exile of Evaluation, Barbara Hernstein Smith

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