Winner of the ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) Book Award for Literature Literature and the literary have proved singularly resistant to. In this volume, Derek Attridge ask us to confront with him the resistance to definition in order to explore afresh the singularity of literature. In seeking new. However, as Derek Attridge argues in this outstanding and acclaimed book, none of these capacities is distinctive of literature. What is the singularity of literature.
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The Iliad and Beowulf provide rich sources of historical information. The novels of Henry Fielding and Henry James may be instructive in the art of moral living.
The Singularity of Literature
Some go further and argue that Emile Zola and Harriet Beecher Stowe played a part in ameliorating the lives of those existing in harsh circumstances. However, as Derek Attridge argues in this outstanding and acclaimed book, none of these capacities is distinctive of literature.
What is the singularity of literature? Do the terms “literature” and “the literary” refer to actual entities found in cultures at certain times, or are they merely expressions characteristic of such cultures? Attridge argues that this resistance to definition and reduction is not a dead end, but a crucial starting point from which to explore anew the power and practices of Western art.
Derek Attridge provides a rich new vocabulary for literature, rethinking such terms as “invention,” “singularity,” “otherness,” “alterity,” “performance” and “form. The Singularity of Literature is not only a major contribution to the theory of literature, but also a celebration of the extraordinary pleasure of the literary, for reader, writer, student or critic.
The Singularity of Literature by Derek Attridge
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Summary The Iliad and Beowulf provide rich sources of historical information. This Routledge Classics edition includes a new preface by the author.
Creation and the other 3. Originality and invention 4. Inventive language and the literary event 5.
Reading and responding 7. Form, meaning, context 9.
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