Revolution Of The Ordinary: Literary Studies After Wittgenstein, Austin, And Cavell by Toril MoiRevolution Of The Ordinary: Literary Studies After Wittgenstein, Austin, And Cavell by Toril Moi

Revolution Of The Ordinary: Literary Studies After Wittgenstein, Austin, And Cavell

byToril Moi

Paperback | May 22, 2017

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This radically original book argues for the power of ordinary language philosophy—a tradition inaugurated by Ludwig Wittgenstein and J. L. Austin, and extended by Stanley Cavell—to transform literary studies. In engaging and lucid prose, Toril Moi demonstrates this philosophy’s unique ability to lay bare the connections between words and the world, dispel the notion of literature as a monolithic concept, and teach readers how to learn from a literary text.

Moi first introduces Wittgenstein’s vision of language and theory, which refuses to reduce language to a matter of naming or representation, considers theory’s desire for generality doomed to failure, and brings out the philosophical power of the particular case. Contrasting ordinary language philosophy with dominant strands of Saussurean and post-Saussurean thought, she highlights the former’s originality, critical power, and potential for creative use. Finally, she challenges the belief that good critics always read below the surface, proposing instead an innovative view of texts as expression and action, and of reading as an act of acknowledgment. Intervening in cutting-edge debates while bringing Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell to new readers, Revolution of the Ordinary will appeal beyond literary studies to anyone looking for a philosophically serious account of why words matter.
Toril Moi is the James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, with additional appointments in theater studies, English, and philosophy, at Duke University. Her books include Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory and Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy.
Title:Revolution Of The Ordinary: Literary Studies After Wittgenstein, Austin, And CavellFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:May 22, 2017Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022646444X

ISBN - 13:9780226464442


Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Part I   Wittgenstein
1          “Five Red Apples”: Meaning and Use
2          Our Lives in Language: Language-Games, Grammar, Forms of Life
3          Concepts: Wittgenstein and Deconstruction
4          Thinking through Examples: The Case of Intersectionality
Part II  Differences
5          Saussure: Language, Sign, World
6          Signs, Marks, and Archie Bunker: Post-Saussurean Visions of Language
7          Critique, Clarity, and Common Sense: Ordinary Language Philosophy and Politics
Part III  Reading
8          “Nothing Is Hidden”: Beyond the Hermeneutics of Suspicion
9          Reading as a Practice of Acknowledgment: The Text as Action and Expression
10        Language, Judgment, and Attention: Writing in the World

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Editorial Reviews

"Toril Moi’s Revolution of the Ordinary is probably the most important work of literary crit­icism published this century. Its audacious title isn’t at all misplaced: Moi’s intervention is genuinely revolutionary, with wide-ranging im­plications for literary critics of all kinds. Her goal is nothing less than a transformation of the field as it currently stands. . .It's hard to overstate just how provocative and valuable Revolution of the Ordinary really is. . .and will surely inspire readers to recalibrate their thinking on a wide range of questions."