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J. Hillis Miller and the Possibilit : Literature After Deconstruction - Eamonn Dunne

J. Hillis Miller and the Possibilit

Literature After Deconstruction

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J. Hillis Miller is undoubtedly one of the most important literary critics of the past century. For well over five decades his work has been at the forefront of theoretical and philosophical thinking and writing. From his earliest work with Georges Poulet and the so-called Geneva School, which introduced a generation of North American critics to the concept of a phenomenological literary hermeneutic, to a deconstructive rhetorical philology and an ethically motivated textual analysis, Miller's readings have not only reflected major movements in literary theory, they have also created them. Surprisingly, Eamonn Dunne'sJ. Hillis Miller and the Possibilities of Reading is the first book devoted exlusively to examining Miller's work Dunne argues that an appreciation of Miller is crucial to an informed understanding about the radical changes occurring in critical thinking in the humanities in recent years. This book, the first of its kind, will be a vital and enabling avenue for further research into J. Hillis Miller's exemplary and prolific output.

"Wonderfully responsive, careful but by no means reverential discussion of some of Hillis' leading preoccupations and their lasting implications. The book is especially useful in its analysis of the ethics of reading, of various shades of irony, and, most generally, of what happens when we read and write about what we love." - James R. Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California, USA. "A striking and enduring transcript of what goes right when critical penetration and devotion find inspiring philosophical paradigms, auratic cultural artifacts, and a cadre of brilliant co-equals in the collective programming of critical rigor." - Henry Sussman, Visiting Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University, USA"

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Abbreviations of Worksp. xv
Reading as Conductp. 1
Directionp. 1
Speech Actsp. 2
Religion as Doingp. 5
Obligationsp. 7
The Aspern Touchp. 8
Reading as Necrophiliap. 11
Cryptonymyp. 13
Distant Voicesp. 15
Literature's Secretp. 18
What's in a Name?p. 22
Acting Upp. 24
Fugal Readingp. 26
A-Theory of Readingp. 26
Translationsp. 27
Translating Theoryp. 30
Literature's Othersp. 31
Reading De Quinceyp. 32
Metareading?p. 35
Spacecriticsp. 36
Tracep. 37
Fuguesp. 38
Double Readingp. 43
Equivocationsp. 43
De Man's Ironyp. 45
Forms of Victorian Fictionp. 47
Permanent Parabasisp. 50
Irony as Othersp. 52
Telepathyp. 54
Amazingp. 57
Good Reading is Sensitivity to Ironyp. 60
Protocols of Readingp. 63
What is Education?p. 63
What's Perverse About Good Reading?p. 66
The ôRight Wayö to Read Yeatsp. 68
Nineteen Hundred and Nineteenp. 69
What is ôIt? öp. 72
The Crisis in Criticismp. 75
Protocols for Catachresesp. 78
Reading Parablep. 82
Spectres of Marksp. 82
The Visor Effectp. 84
Reading the ôThe Minister's Black Veilöp. 85
Is the Black Veil a Parable?p. 86
Miller's Parable of Paradoxp. 88
Death is a Linguistic Predicament?p. 90
A Passion for the Secretp. 93
Just Readingp. 100
Justicesp. 100
The Dangers of Reading ôThe Foundlingöp. 101
Misreadingp. 103
The Return to Philologyp. 105
ôIô Take Responsibility in Readingp. 108
Justice as Irresponse to Lawp. 111
Finding Outp. 113
Conclusion: Teaching Readingp. 117
Coda Interview: For the Reader-to-Comep. 123
Notesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 151
Indexp. 157
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ISBN: 9781441194053
ISBN-10: 1441194053
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 9th May 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1