Literature in the Modern World: Critical Essays and Documents

Paperback | December 15, 2003

EditorDennis 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 themain 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 voicesof 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 Europeanwriters and critics.

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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 themain themes and issues that will concern them...

Dennis Walder is Professor of Literature at the Open University and Founding Director of the Literature Department's Colonial and Post-Colonial Research Group. He has published widely on topics ranging from Dickens to V.S. Naipaul.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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General IntroductionPart One: General ApproachesI Questioning the CanonIntroduction1. Marylin Butler: Repossessing the Past: The Case for an Open Literary History2. Frank Kermode: Canon and Period3. Terry Eagleton: Literature and the Rise of English4. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar: Women Poets5. Henry Louis Gates, Jnr.: Literary Theory and the Black TraditionII InterpretationIntroduction1. E. D. Hirsch, Jnr.: The Babel of Interpretations2. Stanley Fish: Interpreting the Variorium3. Robert Scholes: Who Cares About the Text?4. Hans Robert Jauss: Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory5. Geoffrey Hartman: The Interpreter's FreudIII CommitmentIntroduction1. Virginia Woolf: To Cambridge Women2. Jean-Paul Sartre: Writing, Reading, and the Public3. Theodor Adorno: Commitment4. Italo Calvino: Right and Wrong Political Uses of LiteraturePart Two: Themes and IssuesI Form and GenreIntroduction1. Seymour Chatman: Story and Narrative2. Umberto Eco: Semiotics of Theatrical Performance3. Martin Esslin: The Signs of DramaJohn Barrell: Close ReadingII ModernismsIntroduction1. Paul Valery: Remarks on Poetry2. Gerard Genette: Order in Narrative3. Robert Scholes: Towards a Semiotics of Literature4. George Lukacs: The Ideology of Modernism5. Raymond Williams: Modernism and the Metropolis6. Bonnie Kime Scott: Gender and ModernismIII Literature and NationIntroduction1. C. L. R. James: Beyond a Boundary2. Virginia Woolf: Woman and Nationalism3. Ashis Nandy: The Intimate Enemy4. Timothy Brennan: The National Longing for Form5. Salman Rushdie: Imaginary HomelandsIV Literature and IdeologyIntroduction1. Bertolt Brecht: A Short Organum for the Theatre2. Terry Eagleton: Marxist Criticism3. Pierre Macherey: The Text Says What It Does Not Say4. Roland Barthes: The Death of the Author5. Michel Foucault: What is an Author?V Literature and GenderIntroduction1. Simone de Beauvoir: Woman and the Other2. Cora Kaplan: Language and Gender3. Helene Cixous: Laugh of the Medusa4. Toni Morrison: Rootedness: The Ancestor as Foundation5. Eve Kosovsky Sedgewick: Introduction to Between Men6. Judith Butler: Subjects of Sex/Gender/DesireVI End of EmpireIntroduction1. Edward Said: The Discourse of the Orient2. Seamus Heaney: Englands of the Mind3. John McGrath: Behind the Cliches of Contemporary Theatre4. Mary Louise Pratt: From the Victorian Nyanza to the Sheraton San SalvadorVII From Commonwealth to Post-ColonialIntroduction1. Frantz Fanon: On National Culture2. Chinua Achebe: Colonialist Criticism3. Kamau Brathwaite: History of the Voice4. Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin: Post-Colonial Reconstruction5. Anne McClintock: The Angel of Progress6. Stuart Hall: When Was The Post-Colonial?VIII Literature and HistoryIntroduction1. Walter Benjamin: Theses on the Philosophy of History2. Laurence Lerner: History and Fiction3. Hayden White: Introduction to Metahistory4. Jerome McGann: The Text, the Poem, and the Problem of Historical Method5. Joseph Brodsky: The Keening Muse6. George Steiner: The Hollow Miracle7. Paul de Man: Literary History and Literary ModernityIX Literature and ValueIntroduction1. T. S. Eliot: What is a Classic2. Barbara Hernstein Smith: The Exile of Evaluation