The End of Literary Theory by Stein Haugrom OlsenThe End of Literary Theory by Stein Haugrom Olsen

The End of Literary Theory

byStein Haugrom Olsen

Paperback | May 15, 2008

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The essays in this collection are concerned with the philosophical problems that arise in connection with the understanding and evaluation of literature - such problems as the relationship between the work and the author (authorial intention), between the work and the world (reference and truth), the definition of a literary work, and the nature of literary theory itself. Professor Olsen attacks many of the orthodoxies of modern literary theory, in particular the enterprise to build a comprehensive systematic literary theory. His own work is informed by a consistent perspective: the assumption that literature is a social institution governed by conventions, and that answers to problems of interpretation and appreciation can be found only through an analysis of these conventions. This is an important book for scholars and students of literary theory and philosophy, especially for those who see an ever-increasing cross-fertilization between the two disciplines.
Title:The End of Literary TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521061997

ISBN - 13:9780521061995

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Literary aesthetics and literary practice; 2. Interpretation and intention; 3. Authorial intention; 4. Text and meaning; 5. The 'meaning' of a literary work; 6. Defining a literary work; 7. What is poetics?; 8. On unilluminating criticism; 9. Criticism and appreciation; 10. Value-judgements in criticism; 11. Literature, fiction, and reality. A problematic relationship; 12. Thematic concepts: where philosophy meets literature; 13. Literary theory and literary aesthetics; Notes; Bibliography; Index.