The Singularity of Literature
By (author) Derek Attridge
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Singularity of Literature by Derek Attridge
Book DescriptionWinner of the ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) Book Award for Literature 2006 Literature and the literary have proved singularly resistant to definition. Derek Attridge argues that such resistance represents not a dead end, but a crucial starting point from which to explore anew the power and practices of Western art. In this lively, original volume, the author: * considers the implications of regarding the literary work as an innovative cultural event, both in its time and for later generations; * provides a rich new vocabulary for discussions of literature, rethinking such terms as invention, singularity, otherness, alterity, performance and form; * returns literature to the realm of ethics, and argues the ethical importance of the literary institution to a culture; * demonstrates how a new understanding of the literary might be put to work in a 'responsible,' creative mode of reading. *The Singularity of Literature is not only a major contribution to the theory of literature, but also a celebration of the extraordinary pleasure of the literary, for reader, writer, student or critic.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415335935
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Derek Attridge
Acts of Literature, Hardback (December 2015)
First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Work of Literature, Hardback (April 2015)» View all books by Derek Attridge
The Work of Literature presents a fresh approach to the question of the value of literature, posing and responding to questions about the way we read and write about literature, its value to individuals and society, how it is best approached by readers and critics, and how it retains its power to give pleasure over decades and centuries.
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Author Biography - Derek Attridge
Derek Attridge is Professor of English at the University of York and author of acclaimed works on poetry, fiction and literary theory.
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