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Literature in the Modern World Critical Essays and Documents

ISBN-10: 0199253013

ISBN-13: 9780199253012

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Dennis Walder

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This text offers a unique combination of British, European, American and Post-Colonial perspectives on literary study from the 1920s to the present day. Carefully introduced and arranged to highlight the development of debates, it is designed to engage newcomers to the field with some of the main themes and issues that will concern them as readers of modern literary texts of all genres. The book provides material that is exciting, original, and above all accessible, rather than simply representative of a certain critical approach. It includes the views of leading critics such as Terry Eagleton, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Umberto Eco and Paul de Man, as well as the originating voices of writers such as Bertolt Brecht, Jean-Paul Sartre, Toni Morrison and Salman Rushdie. In the second edition, there is an increased focus on questions of gender and identity and on recent debates, such as 'Literature and Nation' and 'Literature and Value'. The reach and relevance of the book has been extended, taking a more international voice, focusing on American and European writers and critics.
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Book details

List price: $58.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 548
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694

General Introduction
General Approaches
Questioning the Canon
Introduction
Repossessing the Past: The Case for an Open Literary History
Canon and Period
Literature and the Rise of English
Women Poets
Literary Theory and the Black Tradition
Interpretation
Introduction
The Babel of Interpretations
Interpreting the Variorium
Who Cares About the Text?
Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory
The Interpreter's Freud
Commitment
Introduction
To Cambridge Women
Writing, Reading, and the Public
Commitment
The Essential Gesture
Right and Wrong Political Uses of Literature
Themes and Issues
Form and Genre
Introduction
Story and Narrative
Semiotics of Theatrical Performance
The Signs of Drama
Close Reading
Modernisms
Introduction
Remarks on Poetry
Order in Narrative
Towards a Semiotics of Literature
The Ideology of Modernism
Modernism and the Metropolis
Gender and Modernism
Literature and Nation
Introduction
The Lion and the Unicorn
Beyond a Boundary
Woman and Nationalism
The Intimate Enemy
The National Longing for Form
Literature and Ideology
Introduction
A Short Organum for the Theatre
Marxist Criticism
The Text Says What It Does Not Say
The Death of the Author
What is an Author?
Literature and Gender
Introduction
Woman and the Other
Language and Gender
Laugh of the Medusa
Rootedness: The Ancestor as Foundation
Introduction to Between Men
Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire
End of Empire
Introduction
The Discourse of the Orient
Behind the Cliches of Contemporary Theatre
Englands of the Mind
From the Victorian Nyanza to the Sheraton San Salvador
From Commonwealth to Post-Colonial
Introduction
On National Culture
Colonialist Criticism
History of the Voice
Post-Colonial Reconstruction
When Was The Post-Colonial?
Literature and History
Introduction
Theses on the Philosophy of History
History and Fiction
Introduction to Metahistory
The Text, the Poem, and the Problem of Historical Method
The Keening Muse
The Hollow Miracle
Literary History and Literary Modernity
Literature and Value
Introduction
An Elergy for the Canon
The Exile of Evaluation