This collection reflects on developments in criticism which bear on a debate between different modes of knowledge: a science model and its place in the university versus other ways of conceiving knowledge for which the arts have traditionally been seen as vehicles. Discussion ranges widely with contributions from outside the literary academy, including essays by the novelists Doris Lessing and David Lodge. All the essays are concerned with what literature, and therefore criticism, is or aims to be. Several are concerned with a specifically aesthetic way of knowing, the value of which lies in its very resistance to scientific models of knowledge. The answers about how literature can resist such models, and what kinds of knowing best respond to the distinctive nature of aesthetic experience, are varied. The collection also addresses the consequences for literary criticism of the politically-driven critique which has recently undermined traditional concepts of truth and knowledge in both arts and sciences.
And finally it asks whether professional criticism should be a deepened extension of the sense-making activity of ordinary intelligent reading, or whether it should be a purely objective study, analogous to other scientific forms of knowledge studied in an academic context.
`the volume has been well edited in that many of the essays develop points raised elsewhere in the book.'
John Nash, Rev. of Eng. Studies, Vol.51, No.203.
1: David Fuller and Patricia Waugh: Introduction
Part I: Criticism and the History and Philosophy of Science
2: Patricia Waugh: Revising the Two Cultures Debate: Science, Literature and Value
3: David Cooper: Science, Interpretation and Criticism
4: Raymond Tallis: Evidence-based and Evidence-free Generalisations: a Tale of Two Cultures
5: Jacques Berthoud: Science and the Self: Lacan's doctrine of the Signifier
Part II: Criticism and the Aesthetic
6: Michael O'Neill: Poetry as Literary Criticism
7: David Lodge: Criticism and Creation
8: Doris Lessing: Writing Autobiography
9: Paul H. Fry: Beneath Interpretation: Intention and the Experience of Literature
10: David Fuller: Poetry, Music and the Sacred
Part III: Criticism and the Ethical
11: Séan Burke: The Aesthetic, the Cognitive and the Ethical: Criticism and Discursive Responsibility
12: Timothy Clark: Literature and the Crisis in the Concept of the University
13: Michael Bell: The Metaphysics of Modernism: Aesthetic Myth and the Myth of the Aesthetic
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st June 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.18 x 16.2
Weight (kg): 0.42