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Unknowing
The Work of Modernist Fiction
Philip Weinstein
Philip Weinstein explores the modernist commitment to "unknowing" by addressing the work of three supreme experimental writers: Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, and William Faulkner. In their novels, the narrative props that support the drama of coming to...



Iphigenias at Aulis
Textual Multiplicity, Radical Philology
Sean Alexander Gurd
How should a literary scholar approach a text characterized not by stability but by variation and flux? This book offers a radical new perspective on the limits—and the accomplishments—of the modern traditions of textual criticism in classics. Sean...



The Empty Cage
Inquiry into the Mysterious Disappearance of the Author
Carla Benedetti
"Authorialism is like a chronic and progressive disease of modernity. It leads art to the impasse of a totally reflected and 'rationalized' practice. The author as project-maker assumed to be at the origin of the work has now replaced the genius; the...



Play and the Politics of Reading
The Social Uses of Modernist Form
Paul B. Armstrong
"Classrooms and curricula should be structured to foster the playful interaction that can teach students how to negotiate social and political differences in an emancipatory, noncoercive manner. . . . Teaching reading as a playful exercise of...



All Theater Is Revolutionary Theater
Benjamin Bennett
All Theater Is Revolutionary Theater is the first book to consider why, in the Western tradition (and only in the Western tradition), theatrical drama is regarded as its own literary or poetic type, when the criteria needed to differentiate drama from...



Living to Tell about It
A Rhetoric and Ethics of Character Narration
James Phelan
Phelan's compelling readings cover important theoretical ground by introducing a valuable distinction between disclosure functions and narrator functions.



The Ethics of Life Writing
Our lives are increasingly on display in public, but the ethical issues involved in presenting such revelations remain largely unexamined. How can life writing do good, and how can it cause harm? The eleven essays here explore such questions.



Why Does Literature Matter?
Frank B. Farrell
"Literature matters because . . . it allows for experiences important to the living out of a sophisticated and satisfying human life; because other arenas of culture cannot provide them to the same degree; and because a relatively small number of...



Lethe
The Art and Critique of Forgetting
Harold Weinrich
"Our daily encounters with forgetting have not taught us enough about how much power it exercises over our lives, what reflections and feelings it evokes in different individuals, how even art and science presuppose—with sympathy or...



The Particulars of Rapture
An Aesthetics of the Affects
Charles Altieri
This brilliant, penetrating, and ambitious book by a well-known literary theorist studies the complex relationship between the emotions on the one side and literary works and paintings on the other. A central aim of Charles Altieri's is to rescue our...



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