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The Singularity of Literature / Edition 1
     

The Singularity of Literature / Edition 1

by Derek Attridge
 

ISBN-10: 0415335930

ISBN-13: 9780415335935

Pub. Date: 05/19/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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,

Overview

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.

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
1. Introductory
Opening questions
Understanding "literature"
Literary instrumentalism
The aesthetic tradition
Beyond aesthetics?
2. Creation and the other
Creating
Culture and idioculture
The creation of the other
Accomodating the other
Versions of "the other"
The encountered other
3. Originality and invention
The concept of originality
Experiencing originality
Inventivenss and invention
Invention in art
How invention begets invention
Cultural distance
4. Inventive language and the literary event
Verbal invention
Language as event
The literary event
5. Singularity
The event of singularity
The singularity of the literary work: an example
The distinctiveness of poetry
Translation and imitation
Intimacy and strangeness
6. Reading and responding
Creative reading
Surprise and wonder
Literary reading
Re-reading
Reading as response
Reading as invention
7. Performance
Literary performance
Literary performance: an example
Authoredness
The temporality of the literary work
8. Form, meaning, context
Form and the literary
Form and meaning
The performance of form: an example
Form and instrumentalism
9. Responsibility and ethics
Responsibility for the other
Ethics
The ethics of literature
10. An everyday impossibility
Appendix: Debts and directions
Bibliography

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