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The End of Literary Theory - Stein Haugrom Olsen

The End of Literary Theory

Hardcover Published: 27th March 1987
ISBN: 9780521333269
Number Of Pages: 244

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The essays in this collection are concerned with the philosophical problems that arise in connection with the understanding and evaluation of literature - such problems as the relationship between the work and the author (authorial intention), between the work and the world (reference and truth), the definition of a literary work, and the nature of literary theory itself. Professor Olsen attacks many of the orthodoxies of modern literary theory, in particular the enterprise to build a comprehensive systematic literary theory. His own work is informed by a consistent perspective: the assumption that literature is a social institution governed by conventions, and that answers to problems of interpretation and appreciation can be found only through an analysis of these conventions. This is an important book for scholars and students of literary theory and philosophy, especially for those who see an ever-increasing cross-fertilization between the two disciplines.

Literary aesthetics and literary practice
Interpretation and intention
Authorial intention
Text and meaning
The 'meaning' of a literary work
Defining a literary work
What is poetics?
On unilluminating criticism; Literature, fiction, and reality: a problematic relationship
Thematic concepts: where philosophy meets literature
Literary theory and literary aesthetics
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ISBN: 9780521333269
ISBN-10: 0521333261
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 27th March 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.46

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