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Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality - Daniel Fischlin

Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality

By: Daniel Fischlin (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1994
ISBN: 9780792328339
Number Of Pages: 332

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Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality features 14 new essays by leading specialists in critical theory, comparative literature, philosophy, and English literature. The essays, which present wide-ranging historical considerations of negation in light of recent developments in poststructuralism and postmodernism, range over many of the siginificant texts in which negation figures prominently. The book includes a wide-ranging introductory chapter that examines how attention to negation -- the inescapable nescience that is posited in any and every linguistic expression -- enhances the hermeneutic possibilities present in language. In addition, the four sections of the book bring together major critical interventions on, among others, negative meaning, unrecognizability, elenctic negation, apocalypse, nihilism, negation and gender, and denegation. All the essays involve close attention to key texts by major authors, including William Shakespeare, Henry James, Federico GarcA-a Lorca, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, Walt Whitman, E.M. Forster, Mary Shelley, Margaret Atwood, Roland Barthes, Douglas Barbour, Paul de Man, bp Nichol, Jacques Derrida, and Dogen Kigen. The volume opens up new areas in critical theory, comparative literature, and the philosophy of language, and defines a major new area of inquiry in relation to notions of postmodern textuality. Critical theorists, students of comparative literature, English literature, and the history of ideas, and those interested in the hermeneutic implications of postmodernism will find this volume of substantial interest. Its extensive bibliographical apparatus and index make the collection a valuable reference tool for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students as well as for those seeking a variety of interpretive approaches to the problem of negation in literature.

Introduction: Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textualityp. 1
Deconstruction and Negative Meaning in Medieval Mysticismp. 41
"In No Recognizable Way" The Tempestp. 59
"My Real Smash": Elenctic Negation in Henry James's The Ambassadorsp. 89
"Where Dream Used to Collide With its Reality": The Apocalyptic Space of Negation in Garcia Lorca's Poet in New Yorkp. 111
Nothing Doing: The Repudiation of Action in Beckett's More Pricks Than Kicksp. 145
The Shadow Life: Negation, Nihilism, and Insanity in Thomas Bernhard's Correctionp. 157
Beyond Negation: Paradoxical Affirmation in Whitman's Third Editionp. 175
Forster's Ghosts: A Passage to India and the Emptying of Narrativep. 191
Putting on the Feminine: Gender and Negativity in Frankenstein and The Handmaid's Talep. 203
Negation and the Evil Eye: A Reading of Camera Lucidap. 227
"Theres More Nothing to Say": Unspeaking Douglas Barbour's "Story for a Saskatchewan Night"p. 241
Monstrosity, Illegibility, Denegation: de Man, Nichol, and the Resistance to Postmodernismp. 259
Derrida and Dogen: Denegation and the Liberation of Discriminating Thoughtp. 301
Contributorsp. 321
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9780792328339
ISBN-10: 0792328337
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 31st May 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.47

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