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Doing What Comes Naturally : Change, Rhetoric, and the Practice of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies - Stanley Fish

Doing What Comes Naturally

Change, Rhetoric, and the Practice of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies

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In a succession of provocative and wide-ranging chapters, Stanley Fish explores the rational basis of our literary, legal, and psychoanalytic interpretations. He argues that while we can never separate our judgements from the context in which they are made, those judgements are nevertheless authoritative, and in the only way that matters, objective. He explores the implications of his ideas on the nature of professional and institutional culture, on literary theory, the philosophy of law, and the sociology of knowledge, and assesses the place of reason in a rhetorical world.

Industry Reviews

'easily the best book of literary theory published in the last few years...There isn't a drop of jargon in sight...no one can doubt the brilliance of Fish's writing.' James Wood, Guardian `Stanley Fish is a notoriously entertaining writer, simultaneously combative and disarming in his self-appointed role as the scourge of his fellow professionals, as the second part of this book amply demonstrates ...' British Journal of Aesthetics `masterful book' Times Literary Supplement `Nothing Stanley Fish writes can be ignored. In this latest work, he explodes all our comforting notions of unbiased, uninflected judgement in the pursuit of interpretation.' Annette Kolodny `Stanley Fish is one of our most interesting, and most philosophically sophisticated literary theorists. He is at the top of his form in these essays.' Richard Rorty `Fish's latest book is easily the best book of literary theory published in the last few years. There isn't a drop of jargon in sight. His main argument is persuasive.' James Wood 'The coherence and lucidity of this critical history are beyond praise ... Fish's account could be called magisterial.' Essays in Criticism, Vol.XL, No.4, Oct 1990 'ever, elegantly brutal, and range more widely than ever in their consideration of the status of legal, literary and psychoanalytic interpretations' English Studies, Volume 72, Number 6, December 1991 'Stanley Fish offers us his 'general rule that a left-wing anti-professional is always a right-wing intellectual in disguise'. Doing What Comes Naturally is an irreverent, important book that addresses highly interesting issues with force and clarity.' Hans Bertensm Unibersity of Utrecht, Modern Language Review, Vol. 87

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Going Down The Anti-Formalist Roadp. 1
Meaning and Constraintp. 35
with the Compliments of the Author Reflections On Austin and Derridap. 37
Why No One's Afraid of Wolfgang Iserp. 68
Working on the Chain Gang Interpretation in Law and Literaturep. 87
Wrong Againp. 103
Fish V. Fissp. 120
Changep. 141
Professionalismp. 161
No Bias, No Merit The Case Against Blind Submissionp. 163
Short People Got No Reason to Live: Reading Ironyp. 180
Profession Despise Thyself Fear and Self-Loathing in Literary Studiesp. 197
Anti-Professionalismp. 215
Transmuting the Lump Paradise Lost, 1942-1979p. 247
Don't Know Much About The Middle Ages: Posner On Law and Literaturep. 294
Consequencesp. 313
Consequencesp. 315
Anti-Foundationalism Theory Hope, And The Teaching of Compositionp. 342
Still Wrong. After All These Yearsp. 356
Dennis Martinez and the Uses of Theoryp. 372
Unger and Miltonp. 399
Critical Self-Consciousness Or Can We Know What We'Re Doing?p. 436
Rhetoricp. 469
Rhetoricp. 471
Forcep. 503
Withholding the Missing Portion Psychoanalysis and Rhetoricp. 525
Notesp. 555
Indexp. 595
About the Authorp. 614
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ISBN: 9780198129998
ISBN-10: 0198129998
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 25th October 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.3  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.88