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William Empson : The Critical Achievement - Christopher Norris

William Empson

The Critical Achievement

By: Christopher Norris (Editor), Nigel Mapp (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1993
ISBN: 9780521353861
Number Of Pages: 334

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William Empson (1906SH84) was one of the twentieth century's most distinctive critical voices, and left a profound mark upon Anglo-American literary culture. This book is the first full study of Empson's literary criticism in its various aspects, taking account of recent developments in critical theory and of Empson's complex SH at times deeply antagonistic SH attitude towards those developments. In their diversity of viewpoint and critical approach the nine essays reflect this sturdy resistance to fashionable trends of 'Eng. Lit.' opinion. Topics include the relations between Empson and Derrida's approaches to the issue of textual 'undecidability', and Empson's prominent (if unwilling role) in the shaping of English as an academic discourse. Christopher Norris's extended introduction charts the ground and offers a major revaluation of Empson's place in the theoretical tradition.

From ambiguity to complex words and beyond
Empson as literary theorist
Empsonian honesty and the beginnings of individualism
Empson, Leavis, and the challenge of
Empson's satan: an ambiguous character of the seventh type
Compacted doctrines: Empson and the meanings of words
Figural narrative and plot construction
Empson on pastoral
More lurid figures
Empson reading
William Empson's cosmicomiques
'Fool' and 'pharmakon'
Empson as teacher: the Sheffield years
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ISBN: 9780521353861
ISBN-10: 0521353866
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 30th April 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.61

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