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Re-Thinking Theory : A Critique of Contemporary Literary Theory and an Alternative Account - Richard Freadman

Re-Thinking Theory

A Critique of Contemporary Literary Theory and an Alternative Account

Paperback Published: 4th February 2010
ISBN: 9780521128681
Number Of Pages: 312

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Re-thinking Theory offers a bold approach to literary studies, itself explicitly theoretical and yet making a searching critique of the modes, concepts and movements which comprise literary theory. Discussing key concepts such as ideology, signification and discourse, and analysing schools including that of F. R. Leavis, Althusserian Marxism, Derridean and Foucaultian poststructuralism, and New Historicism, the authors argue that there are major deficiencies in the conceptual foundations and the literary and political implications of much literary theory. These deficiencies are ascribed principally to three aspects of theoretical schools: the commitment to a non-referential view of language, the rejection of substantive accounts of the individual, and a repudiation of moral and aesthetic evaluation. The 'alternative account' offered by Professors Freadman and Miller incorporates the values renounced by this kind of literary theory and places a central emphasis on ethical discourse.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Literary theory in the eighties: Catherine Belsey's Critical Practice
Two paradigms of literary theory
Literary theory and the problems of ethics
Althusserian Marxism: text production theory
Derridean poststructuralism: post-Saussurean constructivism
Foucaultian poststructuralism: discourse power theory
The powers and limits of literary theory
Notes
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521128681
ISBN-10: 0521128684
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 4th February 2010
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.4

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