ISBN-10:
0299176606
ISBN-13:
9780299176600
Pub. Date:
06/28/2002
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Pragmatist Realism: The Cognitive Paradigm in American Realist Texts

Pragmatist Realism: The Cognitive Paradigm in American Realist Texts

by Sami Ludwig

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ISBN-13: 9780299176600
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 06/28/2002
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sämi Ludwig teaches in the English Department at the University of Berne in Switzerland and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of Concrete Language: Intercultural Communication in Ishmael Reed and Maxine Hong Kingston

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Cybernetic Signs of Life3
Part 1Mark Twain: "Learning the River"9
Part 2The Cognitive Paradigm: Or, an Alternative Lineage of Pragmatism27
Pragmatism31
Cognitive Constructivism53
Interactional Concerns69
Contemporary Strands77
Part 3William Dean Howells: Interactional Representation89
Perceptualist Critique93
Experiential Representation108
Representation as Communication115
Representing Subjects121
Women's Logic127
Polylogic Representation134
Negotiated Meaning142
Part 4Henry James: Invoking a Reality Beyond Forms149
Allegorical Negotiations in The Portrait of a Lady153
"We shoud like to make it pay": On the Limitations of Appropriative Representation in "The Real Thing"167
From Ambiguity to Double Bind: Dramatizing The Turn of the Screw179
Part 5Charles Wadell Chesnutt: The "Pragmatist Deconstruction" of Racism193
Epilogue: Radical Animism211
Notes231
Bibliography277
Index295

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