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Comparative Poetics : An Intercultural Essay on Theories of Literature - Earl Roy Miner

Comparative Poetics

An Intercultural Essay on Theories of Literature

Paperback Published: 23rd October 1990
ISBN: 9780691014906
Number Of Pages: 276

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"Comparative literature," Earl Miner writes, "clearly involves something more than comparing two great German poets, and something different from a Chinese studying French literature or a Russian studying Italian literature." But what would a true intercultural poetics be? This work proposes various ways to "study something other than what are, all things considered, the short and simple annals of one cultural parish at one historic moment."

The first developed account of theories of literature from an intercultural standpoint, the book shows that an "originative" or "foundational" poetics develops in cultures with explicit poetics when critics define the nature and conditions of literature in terms of the then most esteemed genredrama, lyric, or narrative. Earl Miner demonstrates that these definitions and inferences from them constitute useful bases for comparative poetics.

"Comparative Poetics is an important essay for our time and deserves to be read with reflection... Besides representing an elegant example of the comparatist's approach to the texts, its greatest value lies in Miner's understanding of what has, and should not define comparative studies as an academic discipline. In witty, readable prose, he uncovers the mimetic assumptions that have controlled the West's literary theory...Miner's study id provacative and brilliant."--Comparative Literary Studies

Preface, With Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Comparative Poeticsp. 12
Poeticsp. 12
Literary Factorsp. 16
"The Comparative"p. 20
Literary Distinctionsp. 31
Comparative Poetics in Briefp. 32
Dramap. 34
Amphitryon and Don Juanp. 35
Estrangementp. 38
Make-upp. 40
Engagementp. 50
Affective-Expressive Poetics of Dramap. 53
Antimimetic Poetics of Dramap. 56
Residual Mimesisp. 58
Dramatic Examplesp. 60
The Trials of Presumed Realityp. 74
Representation vs. Languagep. 75
Lyricp. 82
Lyric in Asian Poeticsp. 84
Presence and Intensificationp. 87
Lyric Joined with Drama and Narrativep. 97
Lyric Radicals and Revisionismp. 120
Lyric as Matrix and Surrogate Genrep. 127
Narrativep. 135
Fulfilled Continuityp. 136
Sequence and Plotp. 146
Narrative Boundsp. 165
Narrative in Verse and Prosep. 173
Narrative Unitsp. 179
Points of View and Attentionp. 181
Relativismp. 213
Comparative Poetics Againp. 213
The Relativism of the Genresp. 216
Fact and Fiction Once Morep. 221
Relativism in Literary Historyp. 226
Problems of Relativismp. 230
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780691014906
ISBN-10: 0691014906
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 23rd October 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.65  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.39