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Reading the Eve of St.Agnes : The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction - Jack Stillinger

Reading the Eve of St.Agnes

The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction

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Published: 1st November 1999
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Using the 180-year history of Keats's "The Eve of St. Agnes" as a basis for theorizing about the reading process, this book explores the nature and whereabouts of "meaning" in complex works. A proponent of authorial intent, Jack Stillinger argues a theoretical compromise between author and reader, applying a theory of interpretive democracy that includes the endlessly multifarious reader's response as well as Keats's guessed-at intent. Stillinger also ruminates on the process of constructing meaning, and posits an answer to why Keats's work is considered canonical, and why it is still being read and admired. This book is intended for college libraries, scholars and critics.

"It is a very suggestive book, scholarly yet unfussy and broad-minded; it ranges patiently round the great questions and manages to be progressive and reactionary at once (as its author happily acknowledges on p. ix). It might even set the cat among the pigeons, a prime function of criticism."--Modern Philology "Presents one of the most coherent and convincing definitions I have encountered of what qualifies a work for canonical status...A stimulating work that addresses fundamental questions of how and why we read, teach, and write about literature." The Wordsworth Circle "Stillinger is at his best when guiding us down the slippery path from multiple versions to a single authoritative text."European Romantic Review "It is a very suggestive book, scholarly yet unfussy and broad-minded; it ranges patiently round the great questions and manages to be progressive and reactionary at once (as its author happily acknowledges on p. ix). It might even set the cat among the pigeons, a prime function of criticism."--Modern Philology

Introduction: The Literary Transactionp. 3
The Starting Materials: Texts and Circumstancesp. 17
The Multiple Readingsp. 35
Why There Are So Many Meanings (I): Complex Readershipp. 79
Why There Are So Many Meanings (II): Complex Authorshipp. 97
Conclusion: Keats "among the English Poets"p. 115
Text and Apparatusp. 131
Fifty-nine Ways of Looking at The Eve of St. Agnesp. 147
Paintings and Books Illustrationsp. 151
Notesp. 155
Bibliographyp. 167
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780195130225
ISBN-10: 0195130227
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.44