The Object of Literature
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Object of Literature by Pierre Macherey
Book DescriptionThis 1995 book by Pierre Macherey was his first dealing with literature and theory since his seminal A Theory of Literary Production. Continuing the project of Althusserian theory, Macherey engages in a series of close exegeses of classical texts in French literature and philosophy, from the late eighteenth century down to the 1970s, that explore the historically variable but thematically similar ways in which literary texts represent philosophical ideas. Rejecting the simple notion that literature deploys philosophical topoi in an unmediated manner, Macherey shows the conceptual sophistication - and broad intellectual influence - that literary art has displayed in the modern period. At once a theoretical meditation of great originality and a historical work of scrupulous scholarship, The Object of Literature will entrench Pierre Macherey's already considerable reputation as one of the most significant contemporary theoreticians of literature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521476782
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Who is more important: the reader, or the writer? Addressing the issue, this book aims to challenge perceived wisdom. It brings some radical ideas to a wide audience, and argues persuasively for a totally practical way of reading. It is suitable for those interested in the development of literary theory.
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