The Discourse of Modernism

The Discourse of Modernism

Timothy J. Reiss perceives a new mode of discourse emerging in early seventeenth-century Europe; he believes that this form of thought, still our own, may itself soon be giving way. In The Discourse of Modernism, Reiss sets up a theoretical model to describe the process by which one dominant class of discourse is replaced by another. He seeks to demonstrate that each new mode does not constitute a radical break from the past but in fact develops directly from its predecessor.

Timothy J. Reiss

Timothy J. Reiss is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at New York University. He is the author of The Meaning of Literature (also published by Cornell University Press), Mirages of the Selfe: Patterns of Personhood in Ancient and Early Modern Europe, Against Autonomy: Global Dialectics of Cultural Exchange, and Knowledge, Discovery, and Imagination in Early Modern Europe: The Rise of Aesthetic Rationalism.


The Meaning of Literature
Timothy J. Reiss
In this searching and wide-ranging book, Timothy J. Reiss seeks to explain how the concept of literature that we accept today first took shape between the mid-sixteenth century and the early seventeenth, a time of cultural transformation. Drawing on literary, political, and philosophical texts from Central and Western Europe, Reiss maintains...



The Uncertainty of Analysis
Problems in Truth, Meaning, and Culture
Timothy J. Reiss
The Uncertainty of Analysis pursues key issues raised in the author's earlier Discourse of Modernism, a ground-breaking work which focused attention on the nature of discourse and the ways in which one culturally dominant "discursive class" may be replaced by another. In this timely and provocative collection of his essays, Timothy J. Reiss...