Theorising Textual Subjects: Agency and Oppression by Meili SteeleTheorising Textual Subjects: Agency and Oppression by Meili Steele

Theorising Textual Subjects: Agency and Oppression

byMeili Steele

Paperback | May 13, 1997

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This book addresses the central crisis in critical theory today: the attempts to theorize the subject as both a construct of discourse and a dialogical agent. In Theorising Textual Subjects, Meili Steele argues that it is possible to understand the postmodern subject as an active political agent. Steele argues that some of the most influential theories of agency fail to account for the ethical implications of the supposed contingency of all contexts. Through wide reference to leading political, philosophical and critical thinkers, this book maps new ways of confronting the problem of how politics and ethics are deployed in imaginative narratives.
Title:Theorising Textual Subjects: Agency and OppressionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:May 13, 1997Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521576792

ISBN - 13:9780521576796


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Stories of oppression and appeals to freedom; 2. Language, ethics, and subjectivity in the liberal/communitarian debate; 3. Theorising narratives of agency and subjection; 4. Truth, beauty, and goodness in James's The Ambassadors; 5. The subject of democracy in the work of Ralph Ellison; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...[Steele]...enters fruitfully into a dialogue that has remained static for too long. Theorizing Textual Subject is consequently essential reading for anyone interested in critical thought. ...Steele's ability to formulate and then critique contemporary critical problems makes for a provocative and admirable study." Priscilla Walton, American Literature