Literature and the Taste of Knowledge by Michael WoodLiterature and the Taste of Knowledge by Michael Wood

Literature and the Taste of Knowledge

byMichael Wood

Paperback | October 31, 2005

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What does literature know? Does it offer us knowledge of its own or does it only interrupt and question other forms of knowledge? This book answers and prolongs these questions through the close examination of individual works and the exploration of a broad array of examples. Chapters on Henry James, Kafka, and the form of the villanelle are interspersed with wider-ranging inquiries into forms of irony, indirection and the uses of fiction. Examples range from Auden to Proust and Rilke, and from Calvino to Jean Rhys and Yeats.
Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Currently he is the Chair of the English Department at Princeton and, from 1995-2001, he was the Director of Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton. He is the recipient of many fellowships and honours, inc...
Title:Literature and the Taste of KnowledgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.47 inPublished:October 31, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521606535

ISBN - 13:9780521606530

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Table of Contents

Introduction: among the analogies; 1. What Henry knew; 2. After such knowledge; 3. Kafka and the Third Reich; 4. Seven types of obliquity; 5. Missing dates; 6. The fictionable world; Epilogue: The essays of our life.

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