New Formalism of/on the Contemporary: Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Overview

New Formalism is no more a rebaptized deconstruction than it is a reanimated New Criticism. But in a sense one can trace the beginnings of the New Formalism to the work of the only deconstructionist to take on New Historicism directly even as it was just beginning its ascent-J. Hillis Miller. At the end of his 1986 MLA Presidential Address, "The Triumph of Theory," Miller warns that the material base-that ground of irrefutable referentiality that historicism assumed as a platform on which it could situate its ...
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Overview

New Formalism is no more a rebaptized deconstruction than it is a reanimated New Criticism. But in a sense one can trace the beginnings of the New Formalism to the work of the only deconstructionist to take on New Historicism directly even as it was just beginning its ascent-J. Hillis Miller. At the end of his 1986 MLA Presidential Address, "The Triumph of Theory," Miller warns that the material base-that ground of irrefutable referentiality that historicism assumed as a platform on which it could situate its tools of critique-is not beyond questioning. In other words, form subsists even at the pith of matter; one cannot posit or predicate a material base without being aware that this positing is au fond, or at least en passant, formal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937536244
  • Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Birns is co-editor of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 (Camden House, 2007), which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book of the Year for 2008 and of Vargas Llosa and Latin American Politics (Palgrave, 2010). His book Theory After Theory: An Intellectual History of Literary Theory From 1950 to the Early 21st Century appeared from Broadview in 2010. He teaches at the New School in New York.
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