World, The Text, And The Critic

World, The Text, And The Critic

by Edward W. Said
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674961870

ISBN-13: 9780674961876

Pub. Date: 06/10/2006

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This extraordinarily wide-ranging work represents a new departure for contemporary literary theory. Author of Beginnings and the controversial Orientalism, Edward Said demonstrates that modern critical discourse has been impressively strengthened by the writings of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, for example, and by such influences as Marxism,…  See more details below

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This extraordinarily wide-ranging work represents a new departure for contemporary literary theory. Author of Beginnings and the controversial Orientalism, Edward Said demonstrates that modern critical discourse has been impressively strengthened by the writings of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, for example, and by such influences as Marxism, structuralism, linguistics, and psychoanalysis. He argues, however, that the various methods and schools have had a crippling effect through their tendency to force works of literature to meet the requirements of a theory or system, ignoring the complex affiliations binding the texts to the world.The critic must maintain a distance both from critical systems and from the dogmas and orthodoxies of the dominant culture, Said contends. He advocates freedom of consciousness and responsiveness to history, to the exigencies of the text, to political, social, and human values, to the heterogeneity of human experience. These characteristics are brilliantly exemplified in his own analyses of individual authors and works.Combining the principles and practice of criticism, the book offers illuminating investigations of a number of writers—Swift, Conrad, Lukács, Renan, and many others—and of concepts such as repetition, originality, worldliness, and the roles of audiences, authors, and speakers. It asks daring questions, investigates problems of urgent significance, and gives a subtle yet powerful new meaning to the enterprise of criticism in modern society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674961876
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/10/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Secular Criticism

1. The World, the Text, and the Critic

2. Swift's Tory Anarchy

3. Swift as Intellectual

4. Conrad: The Presentation of Narrative

5. On Repetition

6. On Originality

7. roads Taken and Not Taken in Contemporary Criticism

8. Reflections on AMerican "Left" Literary Criticism

9. Criticism Between Culture and System

10. Traveling Theory

11. Raymond Schwab and the Romance of Ideas

12. Islam, Philolgy, and French Culture: Renan and Massignon

Conclusion: Religious Criticism

Notes

Index

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