Postmodern Sophistry: Stanley Fish and the Critical Enterprise


An intensive examination of the theoretical writings of cultural and literary critic Stanley Fish.
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An intensive examination of the theoretical writings of cultural and literary critic Stanley Fish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791462140
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary A. Olson is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg.

Lynn Worsham is Professor of English at the University of South Florida. Olson is the author of Justifying Belief: Stanley Fish and the Work of Rhetoric, and Olson and Worsham are the coeditors of Critical Intellectuals on Writing, both published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents



Part One: Interpretive Authorities

There is Nothing Inside the Text, or, Why No One's Heard of Wolfgang Iser
Michael Bérubé

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Stanley
Gerald Graff

Theory, Practice, and Ubiquitous Interpretation: The Basics
Martin Stone

Fish and Dworkin on the Work of Interpretation in a Democracy
Gary S. Wihl

Part Two: Philosophical Interventions

Deconstructed to Death? Fish on Freedom
Michael Robertson

The Trouble with (Arguing against) Principle: Stanley Fish's Incomplete Machiavellianism
Ree Way Dasenbrock

Rhetoric, Emotion, and the Justification of Belief
Gary A. Olson and Lynn Worsham

Contingent Universals and Rhetorical Pragmatism
Steven Mailloux

Part Three: Political Prospects

The Estate Agent: Stanley Fish and His Trouble with Principles
Terry Eagleton

Critical Theory and Political Action
Margaret Kohn

Extirpating for Fun and Profit
H. Aram Veeser

Professional Distinction
Evan Watkins

The Consequences of Holocaust Denial
Michael Bernard-Donals

Part Four: Afterword

One More Time
Stanley Fish



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