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The Literary in Theory (Cultural Memory in the Present) by Jonathan Culler

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Published by Stanford University Press .
Written in English


  • Literary theory,
  • Literary Criticism,
  • Literature - Classics / Criticism,
  • Semiotics & Theory,
  • Literary Criticism & Collections / Theory,
  • Criticism,
  • History and criticism,
  • Literature,
  • Theory, etc

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The Physical Object
Number of Pages296
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7930110M
ISBN 100804753733
ISBN 109780804753739

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The book is throughout provocative in these and other defences of theory, and of literature." —Modern Language Review "The Literary in Theory takes up questions that have been basic to the enterprise known as 'theory' with a fine mix of historical awareness, lively critical sense, and thoughtful advocacy. Culler's vision of literary studies is inclusive and cumulative: it reminds us that 'learning' is both a .   The book falls into three parts. Part 1 (“Theory”), chapter 1 (“The Literary in Theory”) contains the argument that the literary has migrated from being the object of theory—for example, structuralism—to being, in some sense, the “quality” of theory itself (38). Hence, philosophical texts have, themselves, become literary. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction and millions of other books are available for instant access. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - Cited by: Theory doesn’t mean exactly the same thing in literature. However, literary scholars do understand their subject through literary theories, which are intellectual models that seek to answer a number of fundamental interpretive questions about literature. In How to Do Theory, literary .

Theory in literary studies is not an account of the nature of literature or methods for its study (though such matters are part of theory and will be treated here, . The book sweeps briskly through a history of literary theories: phenomenology, hermeneutics, reception theory, structuralism, semiotics, poststructura Typically opinionated, acerbic and entertaining, Terry Eagleton has produced an unlikely airport read/5.   A Companion to Literary Theory is a collection of 36 original essays, all by noted scholars in their field, designed to introduce the modes and ideas of contemporary literary and cultural theory. Arranged by topic rather than chronology, in order to highlight the relationships between earlier and most recent theoretical developments, the book. First, let me take a moment to explain the difference between literary theory and criticism as they are defined by Lois Tyson in Critical Theory Today. Literary criticism, by and large, tries to explain the literary work to us: its production, its meaning, its design, its s tend to find flaws in one another’s interpretations more than in literary works.

One of the first books to introduce readers to the whole field of literary theory, Eagleton’s book came out in and paved the way for later books on critical theory. Eagleton adopts a historical approach to the subject, telling the story of the rise of English studies in universities and situating literary theory within a clear historical. Literary theory in a strict sense is the systematic study of the nature of literature and of the methods for analyzing literature. However, literary scholarship since the 19th century often includes—in addition to, or even instead of literary theory in the strict sense—considerations of intellectual history, moral philosophy, social prophecy, and other interdisciplinary themes which are of relevance to the way humans . The theory of literary evolution I developed (which is refined, broadened and made more understandable to the common reader in The Anatomy of Influence) is that literary inheritance, literary genealogy – the cavalcade that takes us from one writer to another, throughout the ages right down to the present moment – is by no means linear. The literary in theory. Explores the place of the literary in theory. This account of the fortunes of the literary in theory, of the resistance to theory, and of key theoretical concepts - text, sign, interpretation, performative, and omniscience - provides insight into various theoretical debates.