Is Literary History Possible?

Is Literary History Possible?

by David Perkins


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Is Literary History Possible? by David Perkins

Is Literary History Possible? is a landmark study of the thinking underlying recent theory about literary history. Through analysis of particular literary histories -- most of them contemporary works -- Perkins elaborates on two fundamental problems that arise in the writing of literary history: the contradictions inherent in organizing, structuring, and presenting the subject; and the "always unsuccessful" attempt of literary histories to explain the development of the literature they describe.

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ISBN-13: 9780801847158
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 08/01/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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"Profoundly searching, yet written with grace and lucidity. A distinguished historian and critic illuminates and answers one of the major problems of literary study in a work that will become and remain a classic."

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