A reader's guide to contemporary literary theory by Raman Selden PDF

By Raman Selden

ISBN-10: 0582894107

ISBN-13: 9780582894105

The 5th version of this reader's consultant continues to be precise to the beliefs of prior variants, supplying a concise advisor to modern literary theories. The publication covers an unlimited diversity of differing varieties of English literature.

content material: New feedback, ethical formalism, and F.R. Leavis --
Origins : Eliot, Richards, Empson --
the yank new critics --
ethical formalism : F.R. Leavis --
Russian formalism and the Bahktin college --
Shklovsky, Mukařovský, Jakobson --
The Bakhtin college --
Reader-oriented theories --
Phenomenology : Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer --
Hans Robert Jauss and Wolfgang Iser --
Fish, Riffaterre, Bleich --
Structuralist theories --
The linguistic heritage --
Structuralist narratology --
Metaphor and metonymy --
Structuralist poetics --
Marxist theories --
Soviet socialist realism --
Lukács and Brecht --
The Frankfurt tuition and after : Adorno and Benjamin --
"Structuralist" Marxism : Goldmann, Althusser, Macherey --
"New Left" Marxism : Williams, Eagleton, Jameson --
Feminist theories --
First-wave feminist feedback : Woolf and de Beauvoir --
Second-wave feminist feedback --
Kate Millett : sexual politics --
Marxist feminism --
Elaine Showalter : gynocriticism --
French feminism : Kristeva, Cixous, Irigaray --
Poststructuralist theories --
Roland Barthes --
Psychoanalytic theories --
Jacques Lacan --
Julia Kristeva --
Deleuze and Guattari --
Deconstruction : Jacques Derrida --
American deconstruction --
Michel Foucault --
New historicism and cultural materialism --
Postmodernist theories --
Jean Baudrillard --
Jean-François Lyotard --
Postmodernism and Marxism --
Postmodern feminisms --
Postcolonialist theories --
Edward acknowledged --
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak --
Homi ok. Bhabha --
Race and ethnicity --
homosexual, lesbian, and queer theories --
homosexual thought and feedback --
Lesbian feminist thought and feedback --
Queer thought and feedback --

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The theme of ‘motivation’ turned out to be important in a great deal of subsequent literary theory. Jonathan Culler summed up the general theme neatly when he wrote: ‘To assimilate or interpret something is to bring it within the modes of order which culture makes available, and this is usually done by talking about it in a mode of discourse which a culture takes as natural’ (1975: see ‘Key texts’ for Chapter 4). Human beings are endlessly inventive in finding ways of making sense of the most random or chaotic utterances or inscriptions.

Taking over Tynyanov’s dynamic view of aesthetic structures, he placed great emphasis on the dynamic tension between literature and society in the artistic product. qxd 07/02/2005 14:43 Page 37 RUSSIAN FORMALISM AND THE BAKHTIN SCHOOL argument concerned the ‘aesthetic function’, which proves to be an evershifting boundary and not a watertight category. The same object can possess several functions: a church may be both a place of worship and a work of art; a stone may be a door-stop, a missile, building material and an object of artistic appreciation.

As we shall see, Tynyanov and others developed a more dynamic view of ‘literariness’ as a functioning system, which avoids this problem. What distinguishes literature from ‘practical’ language is its constructed quality. qxd 07/02/2005 14:43 Page 32 32 A READER’S GUIDE TO CONTEMPORARY LITERARY THEORY use of language: it is ‘speech organized in its entire phonic texture’. Its most important constructive factor is rhythm. Consider a line from Donne’s ‘A Nocturnall upon St Lucies Day’, stanza 2: For I am every dead thing A Formalist analysis would draw attention to an underlying iambic impulse (laid down in the equivalent line in the first stanza: ‘The Sunne is spent, and now his flasks’).

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