Truth and Consequences Intentions, Conventions, and the New Thematics
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
- Publish date: 01/01/2001
- ISBN: 9780271020419
- ISBN10: 0271020415
This book draws on current analytic philosophy to resuscitate the notion of objective truth and intentionalist models of meaning and interpretation, thereby moving beyond the antifoundationalism of postmodern theory. It addresses the work of Rorty and Fish as representative of literary conventionalism, discusses the futility of Derrida's anti-intentionalism, and shows how poststructuralist thinkers like Althusser and Foucault have contributed to the "new thematics" of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation that dominates literary theory today. Examining the counter-arguments of conventionalists to have their theory judged by its consequences, Dasenbrock shows how damaging this anti-objectivism and anti-intentionalism have been for literary studies.