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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822317142
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshall Brown is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Literary History
A Trout in the Milk 1
Literary History: Some Roads Not Yet Taken 13
What Is the History of Literature? 23
The Once and Future Middle Ages 35
Literature, Meaning, and the Discontinuity of Fact 45
Empiricism Once More 51
Some Prospects for Literary History 63
Literature in History
Public Memory and Its Discontents 73
Understanding the Living and Talking to the Dead: The Historicity of Psychoanalysis 93
Figures of the Feminine: An Amazonian Revolution in Feminist Literary History? 107
Editing as Cultural Formation: The Sexing of Shakespeare's Sonnets 129
Textual Politics/Sexual Politics 143
The Pedigree of the White Stallion: Postcoloniality and Literary History 159
The Victims of New Historicism 187
Literature as History
Preface to a Lyric History 199
Can We Be Historical Ever? Some Hopes for a Dialectical Model of Historical Self-Consciousness 219
On Literature Considered as a Dead Language 233
More Speech on Free Speech 243
Textual Conquests: On Readerly Competence and "Minority" Literature 255
The Hum of Literature: Ostension in Language 269
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