Reading for Form

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Reflecting varieties of theory and practice in both verse and prose from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, these essays by many of America's leading literary scholars call for a reinvigorated formalism that can enrich literary studies, open productive routes of commerce with cultural studies, and propel cultural theory out of its thematic ruts.

This book reprints Modern Language Quarterly's highly acclaimed special issue Reading for Form, along with new essays by ...

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Overview


Reflecting varieties of theory and practice in both verse and prose from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, these essays by many of America's leading literary scholars call for a reinvigorated formalism that can enrich literary studies, open productive routes of commerce with cultural studies, and propel cultural theory out of its thematic ruts.

This book reprints Modern Language Quarterly's highly acclaimed special issue Reading for Form, along with new essays by Marjorie Perloff, D. Vance Smith, and Susan Stewart, and a revised introduction by Susan Wolfson. With historical case studies and insightful explorations, Reading for Form offers invaluable material for literary critics in all specializations.

Susan J. Wolfson is professor of English at Princeton University. Marshall Brown is professor of comparative literature at the University of Washington and editor of Modern Language Quarterly.

"An extraordinarily wide-ranging collection, spanning texts and issues from the Middle Ages to contemporary theory. Formalism, it becomes clear, is not something that literary studies have ever superseded but rather an abiding preoccupation that both literature and its critics have continually endorsed and assimilated in a surprising array of registers and concerns. The contributors are all leaders in their respective fields and their collective effort will be required reading for students of literature at all levels." - William Galperin, Rutgers University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295986487
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: A Robert B. Heilman Book Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,454,859
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Reading for Form   Susan J. Wolfson     3
Form and Contentment   Ellen Rooney     25
Hating and Loving Aesthetic Formalism: Some Reasons   Virgil Nemoianu     49
Medieval Forma: The Logic of the Work   D. Vance Smith     66
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Reinterpreting Formalism and the Country House Poem   Heather Dubrow     80
"Among Unequals, What Society": Paradise Lost and the Forms of Intimacy   Ronald Levao     99
Formalism and History: Binarism and the Anglophone Couplet   J. Paul Hunter     129
The Signature and the Initial in Zukofsky's "A"   Susan Stewart     150
"Sound Scraps, Vision Scraps": Paul Celan's Poetic Practice   Marjorie Perloff     177
Everybody Hates Kant: Blakean Formalism and the Symmetries of Laura Moriarty   Robert Kaufman     203
Jane Austen, Emma, and the Impact of Form   Frances Ferguson     231
The Foreign Offices of British Fiction   Garrett Stewart     256
The Slaughterhouse of Literature   Franco Moretti     283
Formalism and Time   Catherine Gallagher     305
Contributors     329
Index     333
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