The Uses of Literary History / Edition 1

The Uses of Literary History / Edition 1

by Marshall Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822317141

ISBN-13: 9780822317142

Pub. Date: 01/10/1996

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In this collection, Marshall Brown has gathered essays by twenty leading literary critics to appraise the current state of literary history. In provocative, sometimes combative essays, they discuss the writing of literary history, the nature of our interest in tradition, and the ways that literary works act in history. The Uses of Literary History addresses the uses…  See more details below

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In this collection, Marshall Brown has gathered essays by twenty leading literary critics to appraise the current state of literary history. In provocative, sometimes combative essays, they discuss the writing of literary history, the nature of our interest in tradition, and the ways that literary works act in history. The Uses of Literary History addresses the uses of evidence, anachronism, the dialectic of texts and contexts, particularism and the resistance to reductive understanding, the construction of identities, memory, and the endurance of the past. New Historicism, nationalism, and gender studies appear in relation to more traditional issues, such as textual editing, taste, and literary pedagogy. From a range of disciplinary perspectives, old and new, The Uses of Literary History surveys the theoretical and practical issues that confront scholars at work on the literary past and its relation to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822317142
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/10/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Literary History
A Trout in the Milk1
Literary History: Some Roads Not (Yet) Taken13
What Is the History of Literature?23
The Once and Future Middle Ages35
Literature, Meaning, and the Discontinuity of Fact45
Empiricism Once More51
Some Prospects for Literary History63
Literature in History
Public Memory and Its Discontents73
Understanding the Living and Talking to the Dead: The Historicity of Psychoanalysis93
Figures of the Feminine: An Amazonian Revolution in Feminist Literary History?107
Editing as Cultural Formation: The Sexing of Shakespeare's Sonnets129
Textual Politics/Sexual Politics143
The Pedigree of the White Stallion: Postcoloniality and Literary History159
The Victims of New Historicism187
Literature as History
Preface to a Lyric History199
Can We Be Historical Ever? Some Hopes for a Dialectical Model of Historical Self-Consciousness219
On Literature Considered as a Dead Language233
More Speech on Free Speech243
Textual Conquests: On Readerly Competence and "Minority" Literature255
The Hum of Literature: Ostension in Language269

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