The Open Book: Creative Misreading in the Works of Selected Modern Writers

The Open Book: Creative Misreading in the Works of Selected Modern Writers

by M. Jensen
     
 
The Open Book is a provocative study of literary influence at work in English writing from Hardy to Woolf. Jensen reimagines the links between text and context as she endeavors to historicize literary influence, by taking Bloomian 'anxiety' and Kristevan 'intertextuality' into fields of actual history and biography. Jensen both borrows from and deconstructs the ideas

Overview

The Open Book is a provocative study of literary influence at work in English writing from Hardy to Woolf. Jensen reimagines the links between text and context as she endeavors to historicize literary influence, by taking Bloomian 'anxiety' and Kristevan 'intertextuality' into fields of actual history and biography. Jensen both borrows from and deconstructs the ideas of these theorists as she reads the texts of Hardy, Stephen, Woolf, Mansfield, and Middleton Murry. By doing so, The Open Book offers a fresh and pragmatic opening onto the relation between personal, cultural and institutional history on the one hand, and literary history on the other.

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From the Publisher

'The Open Book...would certainly make a valuable addition to any university library. The ideas evinced, though, are unusual and thought- provoking.' - Times Literary Supplement

'This is an academic book but, unlike many other academic books nowadays, it is a pleasure to read.' - John Mepham, Virginia Woolf Bulletin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312293536
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
09/05/2002
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Margaret M. Jensen is a lecturer in 19th- and 20th-Century British Fiction at Kingston University in London. She is currently working on her first novel.

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