The Arts and Sciences of Criticism: Arts & Sciences Of Criticism

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorDavid Fuller, Patricia Waugh

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This collection reflects on developments in criticism which bear on a debate between different modes of knowledge: a science model and its place in the university versus other ways of conceiving knowledge for which the arts have traditionally been seen as vehicles. Discussion ranges widelywith contributions from outside the literary academy, including essays by the novelists Doris Lessing and David Lodge. All the essays are concerned with what literature, and therefore criticism, is or aims to be. Several are concerned with a specifically aesthetic way of knowing, the value of whichlies in its very resistance to scientific models of knowledge. The answers about how literature can resist such models, and what kinds of knowing best respond to the distinctive nature of aesthetic experience, are varied. The collection also addresses the consequences for literary criticism of thepolitically-driven critique which has recently undermined traditional concepts of truth and knowledge in both arts and sciences. And finally it asks whether professional criticism should be a deepened extension of the sense-making activity of ordinary intelligent reading, or whether it should be apurely objective study, analogous to other scientific forms of knowledge studied in an academic context.

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This collection reflects on developments in criticism which bear on a debate between different modes of knowledge: a science model and its place in the university versus other ways of conceiving knowledge for which the arts have traditionally been seen as vehicles. Discussion ranges widelywith contributions from outside the literary ac...

Fuller: Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, 1971-9; University of Durham, 1980- (Lecturer, 1980-90; Senior Lecturer, 1990-6; Reader, 1996-) Waugh: University of Sunderland, 1980-9; University of Durham, 1989-
Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198186398

ISBN - 13:9780198186397

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Table of Contents

1. David Fuller and Patricia Waugh: IntroductionPart I: Criticism and the History and Philosophy of Science2. Patricia Waugh: Revising the Two Cultures Debate: Science, Literature and Value3. David Cooper: Science, Interpretation and Criticism4. Raymond Tallis: Evidence-based and Evidence-free Generalisations: a Tale of Two Cultures5. Jacques Berthoud: Science and the Self: Lacan's doctrine of the SignifierPart II: Criticism and the Aesthetic6. Michael O'Neill: Poetry as Literary Criticism7. David Lodge: Criticism and Creation8. Doris Lessing: Writing Autobiography9. Paul H. Fry: Beneath Interpretation: Intention and the Experience of Literature10. David Fuller: Poetry, Music and the SacredPart III: Criticism and the Ethical11. Sean Burke: The Aesthetic, the Cognitive and the Ethical: Criticism and Discursive Responsibility12. Timothy Clark: Literature and the Crisis in the Concept of the University13. Michael Bell: The Metaphysics of Modernism: Aesthetic Myth and the Myth of the Aesthetic

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`the volume has been well edited in that many of the essays develop points raised elsewhere in the book.' John Nash, Rev. of Eng. Studies, Vol.51, No.203.