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Revenge of the Aesthetic the Place of Literature in Theory Today

by Michael Clark

  • ISBN: 9780520220041
  • ISBN10: 0520220048

Revenge of the Aesthetic the Place of Literature in Theory Today

by Michael Clark

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
  • Publish date: 07/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780520220041
  • ISBN10: 0520220048
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Description: This cutting-edge collection of essays showcases the work of some of the most influential theorists of the past thirty years as they grapple with the question of how literature should be treated in contemporary theory. The contributors challenge trends that have recently dominated the field -- especially those that emphasize social and political issues over close reading and other analytic methods traditionally associated with literary criticism. These essays, written especially for this collection, argue for the importance of aesthetics, poetics, and aesthetic theory while presenting new and stimulating perspectives on the future of theory and criticism.

In addition to providing a selection of distinguished critics writing at their best, this collection is valuable because it represents a variety of fields and perspectives not usually found together in one volume. Taken together, the essays are unified in urging the importance of seeing literature as a means of resisting the ideological closure and programmatic constraint characteristic of much theory today.

Michael Clark's introduction provides a concise, cogent history of major developments and trends in literary theory from World War II to the present, making the entire volume essential reading for students and scholars of literature, literary theory, and philosophy.

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