The Work of Literature

The Work of Literature

by Derek Attridge


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ISBN-13: 9780198798903
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 805,114
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Derek Attridge, Professor of English, University of York

Author or editor of twenty-three books. On eighteen journal editorial boards. Work translated into Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, etc. Publications range across many areas, including poetic form, literary theory, and Irish and South African writing. After obtaining degrees in his native South Africa and at Cambridge, he was Research Fellow at Oxford. He has taught in the UK, France, Italy and the USA, and is currently Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. Recent visiting fellowships include All Souls College, the Stellenbosch Institute for Advance Study, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the National Center for the Humanities. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Table of Contents

Part I
1. The Singularity of Literature: A Cross-examination
What is 'literature'?
The literary event
Literary invention
Terminological questions
Media, periods, and genres
Otherness and ethics
The aesthetic tradition
Sources and parallels
Politics and ideology
And to conclude...
Part II
2. Justice
Doing justice
An example: Dickinson's 'As imperceptibly as Grief'
Signature and counter-signature
3. Singularity
Unpacking singularity
Singularity and ethics
A singular invention: Donoghue's Room
4. Criticism
Critical power: the critic
Critical power: the poet
Muldoon's The Loaf and the limits of commentary
5. Context
The context of creation
The context of reading
Present reading and historical context
6. Culture
Inventiveness and cultural distance
Reading The Yacoubian Building
Responsible reading across cultures
7. Metaphor
Performing literature
Metaphor and metaphoricity
Metaphor and the reader
8. Knowing
What do literary works know?
Ways of knowing and thinking
Literature's secrets
9. Affect
Literary affect: McCarthy's Blood Meridian
Affect and form
Pleasure in reading
10. Hospitality
The double law of hospitality
Hospitality as ethics
Invention, grace, and life
Hospitality and literary criticism

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