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The Future of Literary Theory





ISBN 9781138689572
Published January 15, 2018 by Routledge
444 Pages

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In this book, first published in 1989, twenty-give eminent critics and theorists write about different aspects of literary theory. These essays represent leading research in psychoanalytic criticism, new historicism, Continental theory, feminism, Afro-American studies, philosophy, cybernetics, aesthetics, and other theoretical inflections. The result is a collective statement on the course that lies ahead for criticism in the humanities, and will be of interest to students of literary theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction Ralph Cohen;  1. From the Scene of the Unconscious to the Scene of History Hélène Cixous  2. "Figuring the Nature of the Times Deceased": Literary Theory and Historical Writing Hayden White  3. Historical Worlds, Literary History Brian Stock  4. Perceptive Equilibrium: Literary Theory and Ethical Theory Martha Nussbaum  5. The State of the Art of Criticism Geoffrey H. Hartman  6. The Function of Literary Theory at the Present Time J. Hillis Miller  7. Historia Calamitatum et Fortunarum Mearum or: A Paradigm Shift in Literary Study Hans Robert Jauss  8. Woolf’s Room, Our Project: The Building of Feminist Criticism Catherine R. Stimpson  9. The Mirror and the Vamp: Reflections on Feminist Criticism Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar  10. Literary Genres and Textual Genericity Jean-Marie Schaeffer  11. The Sense of an Answer: Ambiguities of Interpretation in Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis Roy Schafer  12. Towards a Literary Anthropology Wolfgang Iser  13. The Future of Theory: Saving the Reader Christopher Butler  14. The Future of Theory in the Teaching of Literature Gerald Graff  15. Paul de Man’s Contribution to Literary Criticism and Theory Jonathan Culler  16. The Future of an Illusion Rosalind Krauss  17. The Future of Genre Theory: Functions and Constructional Types Alastair Fowler  18. Mystory: The Law of Idiom in Applied Grammatology Gregory L. Ulmer  19. Authority, (White) Power, and the (Black) Critic; or, it’s all Greek to Me Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  20. A Criticism of Our Own: Autonomy and Assimilation in Afro-American and Feminist Literary Theory Elaine Showalter  21. Beautiful Science and the Future of Criticism Arthur C. Danto  22. Computers, Literary Theory, and Theory of Meaning Gregory G. Colomb and Mark Turner;  Notes

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