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The Fantastic
A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre
Tzvetan Todorov
In The Fantastic, Tzvetan Todorov seeks to examine both generic theory and a particular genre, moving back and forth between a poetics of the fantastic itself and a metapoetics or theory of theorizing.



Feminist Theory, Women's Writing
Laurie A. Finke
In this rewarding book, Laurie A. Finke challenges assumptions about gender, the self, and the text which underlie fundamental constructs of contemporary feminist theory. She maintains that some of the key concepts structuring feminist literary criticism need to be reexamined within both their historical context and the larger framework of...



Ferdinand de Saussure
Jonathan Culler



Fiction and Diction
Gerard Genette



Fictions of Authority
Women Writers and Narrative Voice
Susan Sniader Lanser
Drawing on narratological and feminist theory, Susan Sniader Lanser explores patterns of narration in a wide range of novels by women of England, France, and the United States from the 1740s to the present. She sheds light on the history of "voice" as a narrative strategy and as a means of attaining social power. She considers the dynamics in...



Fictions of Dignity
Embodying Human Rights in World Literature
Elizabeth S. Anker
Elizabeth S. Anker examines human rights in the narrative imagination and, in the process, makes a compelling case for literature as a uniquely valuable point of entry into theoretical discussions of human...



Finding a Form
William H. Gass



The Fleeting Promise of Art
Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Revisited
Peter Uwe Hohendahl
Peter Uwe Hohendahl reexamines Adorno’s writings on aesthetics in light of the unexpected return of the aesthetic to today’s cultural debates.



Formative Fictions
Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Bildungsroman
Tobias Boes
Boes argues that the dual status of the Bildungsroman renders this novelistic form an elegant way to negotiate the diverging critical discourses surrounding national and world literature.



Franz Kafka
The Necessity of Form
Stanley Corngold
In Stanley Corngold’s view, the themes and strategies of Kafka’s fiction are generated by a tension between his concern for writing and his growing sense of its arbitrary character. Analyzing Kafka’s work in light of "the necessity of form," which is also a merely formal necessity, Corngold uncovers the fundamental paradox of Kafka’s art and...



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