The Singularity of Literature / Edition 1

The Singularity of Literature / Edition 1

by Derek Attridge
     
 

Winner of the ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) Book Award for Literature 2006

Literature and the literary have proved singularly resistant to definition. Derek Attridge argues that such resistance represents not a dead end, but a crucial starting point from which to explore anew the power and practices of Western art.
In this lively,

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Winner of the ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) Book Award for Literature 2006

Literature and the literary have proved singularly resistant to definition. Derek Attridge argues that such resistance represents not a dead end, but a crucial starting point from which to explore anew the power and practices of Western art.
In this lively, original volume, the author:

  • considers the implications of regarding the literary work as an innovative cultural event, both in its time and for later generations;
  • provides a rich new vocabulary for discussions of literature, rethinking such terms as invention, singularity, otherness, alterity, performance and form;
  • returns literature to the realm of ethics, and argues the ethical importance of the literary institution to a culture;
  • demonstrates how a new understanding of the literary might be put to work in a 'responsible,' creative mode of reading.
  • The Singularity of Literature is not only a major contribution to the theory of literature, but also a celebration of the extraordinary pleasure of the literary, for reader, writer, student or critic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415335935
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/19/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introductory1
2Creation and the other17
3Originality and invention35
4Inventive language and the literary event55
5Singularity63
6Reading and responding79
7Performance95
8Form, meaning, context107
9Responsibility and ethics123
10An everyday impossibility133
AppDebts and directions139
Notes147
Bibliography163
Index173

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