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The Language of Allegory
Defining the Genre
Maureen Quilligan
"Quilligan has a number of stimulating new insights into the nature of allegory both medieval and modern. Much of her discussion focuses on The Faerie Queen and Piers Plowman, but she does not neglect Hawthorne and Melville, while Nabokov and Pynchon...



Language, Counter-Memory, Practice
Selected Essays and Interviews
Michel Foucault



Law's Interior
Legal and Literary Constructions of the Self
Kevin M. Crotty
In Law's Interior, Kevin M. Crotty draws on several important literary works to offer a new model of the relationship between citizens and their laws, one that emphasizes the power of law to shape citizens and to foster—or discourage—their autonomy...



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 Limits of Autobiography
Trauma and Testimony
Leigh Gilmore
Memoirs in which trauma takes a major—or the major—role challenge the limits of autobiography. Leigh Gilmore presents a series of "limit-cases"—texts that combine elements of autobiography, fiction, biography, history, and theory while representing...



Literary Culture in a World Transformed
A Future for the Humanities
William Paulson
Literary studies are in danger of being left behind in the twenty-first century. Print culture risks becoming a thing of the past in the multimedia age; meanwhile, human life and society are undergoing rapid changes as a result of new technologies...



Literary Theory and the Claims of History
Postmodernism, Objectivity, Multicultural Politics
Satya Mohanty
At the core of postmodern thought, especially in literary theory, is the belief that such ideals as truth, reason, and objectivity are social constructs that have no universal or trans-historical validity. In exploring this constructivist view, Satya...



Literature and Its Theorists
A Personal View of Twentieth-Century Criticism
Tzvetan Todorov
Part history, part confession, part manifesto, Literature and Its Theorists is Tzvetan Todorov's bold statement of what literature is and what criticism should be.



Living Autobiographically
How We Create Identity in Narrative
Paul John Eakin
Eakin explores the intimate, dynamic connection between our selves and our stories, between narrative and identity in everyday life.



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.



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