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The essays in this collection combine fresh interpretations of well known literary texts by leading critics (such as Frank Kermode, Sandra Gilbert, J. Hillis Miller, Barbara Hardy, Tony Tanner, and many others), those critics' retrospective thinking about their individual professional development, and an implicit communal reflection on changes on the critical and cultural scene of our times. It shows a transition from closed systems to more open configurations and from a view of texts as autonomous to complex interactions between text and context. Within the latter framework, ethical, social, ideological, political (feminist, post-colonial), psychoanalytic, and biographical dimensions of various texts are explored.
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About the Author
The Contributors: Barbara Hardy, Meir Sternberg, Zephyra Porat, Baruch Hochman, Shuli Barzilai, Gavriel Ben-Ephraim, Robert M. Polhemus, J. Hillis Miller, Leona Toker, Regenia Gagnier, Gershon Shaked, Robert Tracy, Hana Wirth-Nesher, Murray Baumgarten, Alexander Gelley, Frank Kermode, Mark Kinkead-Weekes, Sandra Gilbert, Emily Miller Budick, Tony Tanner, James Kincaid.
Table of Contents
Contents: From closed systems to open configurations - Interactions between text and context: ethical, social, ideological, political, psychoanalytic, and biographical dimensions of the text.