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Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida A Defence of Poetry

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ISBN-10: 0521485320

ISBN-13: 9780521485326

Edition: 1995

Authors: Mark Edmundson

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This timely book argues that the institutionalisation of literary theory, particularly within American and British academic circles, has led to a sterility of thought which ignores the special character of literary art. Mark Edmundson traces the origins of this tendency to the ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry, in which Plato took the side of philosophy; and he shows how the work of modern theorists - Foucault, Derrida, de Man and Bloom - exhibits similar drives to subsume poetic art into some higher kind of thought. Challenging and controversial, this book should be read by all teachers of literature and of theory, and by anyone concerned about the future of institutionalised…    
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Prologue: an ancient quarrel
Rhetorics of blindness
Polemics against presence
Real history
Foucault Inc.
Under the influence
Index