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The Structure of Literary Understanding - Stein Haugom Olsen

The Structure of Literary Understanding

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Published: 29th April 1985
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How does a reader respond to a work of literature and how does he begin to evaluate it? Mr Olsen attempts to answer these and related questions. The book is in two parts. In the first three chapters, the author demolishes established theories that literature has a special language, provides a heightened insight into 'truth' and has emotion as its prime currency. In the remaining chapters Mr Olsen constructs and fully illustrates the theory that understanding of a work of literature comes in two complementary stages: first, judgements about the author's aesthetic intentions (interpretation); second, appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of the work (evaluation). At the end of his argument, attempting an answer to the question 'Why is literature important?', Mr Olsen characterizes literature as an institution and thus forges links with contemporary philosophy which sees all human action as ordered and defined by social institutions.

Literature and Language
Literature and Emotion
Literature and Truth
The Structure of the Literary Response
The Validation of Interpretative Conclusions
Evaluation of Literary Works
The Evaluation of Literary Practice
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ISBN: 9780521316316
ISBN-10: 0521316316
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 29th April 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32