Overview

This introductory volume provides an overview of the history of Literature as a cultural concept, and reflects on the contemporary nature, place and function of what the literary might mean for us today. Literature:

• offers a concise history of the canonic concept of 'literature' from its earliest origins

• illustrates the kinds of theoretical issues which are currently invoked by the term 'literary'

• provides a definition of the 'literary' for the twenty-first century With ...

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Literature

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Overview

This introductory volume provides an overview of the history of Literature as a cultural concept, and reflects on the contemporary nature, place and function of what the literary might mean for us today. Literature:

• offers a concise history of the canonic concept of 'literature' from its earliest origins

• illustrates the kinds of theoretical issues which are currently invoked by the term 'literary'

• provides a definition of the 'literary' for the twenty-first century With Literature Peter Widdowson provides a thought-provoking essay on the contemporary relevance of the 'literary' for students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134701643
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/7/2013
  • Series: New Critical Idiom
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 What is 'Literature'? 1
Some (non-)definitions
2 What has 'Literature' been? 26
A history of the concept, Part One: Origins to Orthodoxies
3 What has happened to 'Literature'? 63
A history of the concept, Part Two: After the 1960s
4 What is 'the literary'? 93
5 The uses of 'the literary' 129
Newstories
6 Watch this space 205
Notes 207
References 211
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