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Theory Matters

Author : Martin Middeke
ISBN : 9781137474285
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book demonstrates that theory in literary and cultural studies has moved beyond overarching master theories towards a greater awareness of particularity and contingency – including its own. What is the place of literary and cultural theory after the Age of Theory has ended? Grouping its chapters into rubrics of metatheory, cultural theory, critical theory and textual theory, the collection demonstrates that the practice of “doing theory” has neither lost its vitality nor can it be in any way dispensable. Current directions covered include the renewed interest in phenomenology, the increased acknowledgement of the importance of media history for all cultural practices and formations, complexity studies, new narratology, literary ethics, cultural ecology, and an intensified interest in textual as well as cultural matter.

Literary Theory A Very Short Introduction

Author : Jonathan Culler
ISBN : 9780199691340
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction offers insights into theories about the nature of language and meaning, human identity, and the power of language. Fully updated for 2011 and including a new chapter on 'Ethics and aesthetics', it steers a clear and lucid path through an often impenetrable subject.

Affect Theory And Literary Critical Practice

Author : Stephen Ahern
ISBN : 9783319972688
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice develops new approaches to reading literature that are informed by the insights of scholars working in affect studies across many disciplines, with essays that consider works of fiction, drama, poetry and memoir ranging from the medieval to the postmodern. While building readings of representative texts, contributors reflect on the value of affect theory to literary critical practice, asking: what explanatory power is affect theory affording me here as a critic? what can the insights of the theory help me do with a text? Contributors work to incorporate lines of theory not always read together, accounting for the affective intensities that circulate through texts and readers and tracing the operations of affectively charged social scripts. Drawing variously on queer, feminist and critical race theory and informed by ecocritical and new materialist sensibilities, essays in the volume share a critical practice founded in an ethics of relation and contribute to an emerging postcritical moment.

Die Kunst Der Gelebten Zeit

Author : Martin Middeke
ISBN : 3826029038
Genre : English fiction
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Das Konzept der 'Gelebten Zeit' ist der kulturellen Anthropologie und insbesondere der phänomenologischen Psychopathologie Eugène Minkowskis entlehnt. Der Begriff impliziert, dass menschliches Bewusstsein die Zeit in verschiedenen Dimensionen zugleich erfährt. Die vorliegende Studie zeigt, dass solch ein unproblematisch empfundener Synchronismus im englischen Roman des ausgehenden 19. Jahrhunderts nur noch als fernes anthropologisches Desiderat erscheint. Die gelebte Zeit avanciert vielmehr zum zentralen inhaltlichen wie strukturellen Problem dieser Romane. Es wird von vier Dimensionen der gelebten Zeit ausgegangen: Zeitlichkeit/Thermodynamische Zeit - Soziale Zeit - Subjektive Zeit - Mythische Zeit. Diese werden in ihren philosophischen Wurzeln erläutert, wobei insbesondere der philosophische Diskurs des ausgehenden 19. Jahrhunderts (Darwin, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud) in den Blick genommen wird. In einem zweiten entscheidenden theoretischen Schritt argumentiert die Studie, dass die behandelten Romane zu 'Zeitromanen' werden: Die Zeit ist in ihnen nicht nur ein allen Erzähltexten inhärentes Strukturcharakteristikum, sondern wird über dies hinaus selbst zum Thema der Romane. Exemplarische Einzelanalysen weisen eine fiktionale Kon- und Refigurierung (P. Ricœur) von Zeiterfahrung an Paters Marius the Epicurean, Wildes The Picture of Dorian Grayes:, Hardys Jude the Obscure, Stokers Dracula, Conrads Lord Jim und Wells' The Time Machine nach. Indem sie die subjektive Zeiterfahrung und das Lebensgefühl des panta rhei in den Vordergrund rücken, werden die Romane des ausgehenden 19. Jahrhunderts zu Vorbereitern einer modernen Ästhetik der Differenz.

Theory Matters

Author : Vincent Leitch
ISBN : 9781135204983
Genre : Literary Criticism
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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Literary Theory

Author : Jonathan D. Culler
ISBN : 9780192853189
Genre : Criticism
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What is Literary Theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is Literature, and does it matter? These are the sorts of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in a book which steers a clear path through a subject often perceived to be complex and impenetrable. It offers discerning insights into theories about the nature of language and meaning, whether literature is a form of self-expression or a method of appeal to an audience, and outlines the ideas behind a number of different schools: deconstruction, semiotics, postcolonial theory, and structuralism amongst them.

Material Turn Feministische Perspektiven Auf Materialit T Und Materialismus

Author : Imke Leicht
ISBN : 9783847404064
Genre : Political Science
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Das Thema Materialität wird innerhalb feministischer Forschungen in den letzten Jahren erneut diskutiert. Vor dem Hintergrund des material turn widmet sich der Band aktuellen Auseinandersetzungen mit Materialität und Materialismus. Dabei sollen zum einen bestehende Konfliktfelder zwischen Diskurs und Materialität sowie Struktur, Handlungsfähigkeit und Subjektivität aus feministischer Perspektive aufgezeigt werden. Zum anderen strebt der Band an, Potenziale einer verbindenden Perspektive auf 'neue' und 'alte' Konzeptionen von Materialität und Materialismen innerhalb feministischer Theorien und Praxen kritisch auszuloten.

Species Matters

Author : Marianne DeKoven
ISBN : 9780231152839
Genre : Nature
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Why has the academy struggled to link advocacy for animals to advocacy for various human groups? Within cultural studies, in which advocacy can take the form of a theoretical intervention, scholars have resisted arguments that add "species" to race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and other human-identity categories as a site for critical analysis. Species Matters considers whether cultural studies should pay more attention to animal advocacy and whether, in turn, animal studies should pay more attention to questions raised by cultural theory. The contributors to this volume explore these issues particularly in relation to the "humane" treatment of animals and various human groups and the implications, both theoretical and practical, of blurring the distinction between "the human" and "the animal." They address important questions raised by the history of representing humans as the only animal capable of acting humanely and provide a framework for reconsidering the nature of humane discourse, whether in theory, literary and cultural texts, or current advocacy movements outside of the academy.

Romantische Kommunikation

Author : Christoph Reinfandt
ISBN : 382531541X
Genre : Literature, Modern
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Modern Chinese Literary And Cultural Studies In The Age Of Theory

Author : Rey Chow
ISBN : 9780822380160
Genre : History
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These groundbreaking essays use critical theory to reflect on issues pertaining to modern Chinese literature and culture and, in the process, transform the definition and conceptualization of the field of modern Chinese studies itself. The wide range of topics addressed by this international group of scholars includes twentieth-century literature produced in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China; film, art, history, popular culture, and literary and cultural criticism; as well as the geographies of migration and diaspora. One of the volume’s provocative suggestions is that the old model of area studies—an offshoot of U.S. Cold War strategy that found its anchorage in higher education—is no longer feasible for the diverse and multifaceted experiences that are articulated under the rubric of “Chineseness.” As Rey Chow argues in her introduction, the notion of a monolithic Chineseness bound ultimately to mainland China is, in itself, highly problematic because it recognizes neither the material realities of ethnic minorities within China nor those of populations in places such as Tibet, Taiwan, and post–British Hong Kong. Above all, this book demonstrates that, as the terms of a chauvinistic sinocentrism become obsolete, the critical use of theory—particularly by younger China scholars whose enthusiasm for critical theory coincides with changes in China’s political economy in recent years—will enable the emergence of fresh connections and insights that may have been at odds with previous interpretive convention. Originally published as a special issue of the journal boundary 2, this collection includes two new essays and an afterword by Paul Bové that places its arguments in the context of contemporary cultural politics. It will have far-reaching implications for the study of modern China and will be of interest to scholars of theory and culture in general. Contributors. Stanley K. Abe, Ien Ang, Chris Berry, Paul Bové, Sung-cheng Yvonne Chang, Rey Chow, Dorothy Ko, Charles Laughlin, Leung Ping-kwan, Kwai-cheung Lo, Christopher Lupke, David Der-wei Wang, Michelle Yeh

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