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Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality

Editors: Fischlin, D. (Ed.)

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Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality features 14 new essays by leading specialists in critical theory, comparative literature, philosophy, and English literature. The essays, which present wide-ranging historical considerations of negation in light of recent developments in poststructuralism and postmodernism, range over many of the siginificant texts in which negation figures prominently. The book includes a wide-ranging introductory chapter that examines how attention to negation -- the inescapable nescience that is posited in any and every linguistic expression -- enhances the hermeneutic possibilities present in language. In addition, the four sections of the book bring together major critical interventions on, among others, negative meaning, unrecognizability, elenctic negation, apocalypse, nihilism, negation and gender, and denegation. All the essays involve close attention to key texts by major authors, including William Shakespeare, Henry James, Federico García Lorca, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, Walt Whitman, E.M. Forster, Mary Shelley, Margaret Atwood, Roland Barthes, Douglas Barbour, Paul de Man, bp Nichol, Jacques Derrida, and Dogen Kigen. The volume opens up new areas in critical theory, comparative literature, and the philosophy of language, and defines a major new area of inquiry in relation to notions of postmodern textuality. Critical theorists, students of comparative literature, English literature, and the history of ideas, and those interested in the hermeneutic implications of postmodernism will find this volume of substantial interest. Its extensive bibliographical apparatus and index make the collection a valuable reference tool for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students as well as for those seeking a variety of interpretive approaches to the problem of negation in literature.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality

    Pages 1-37

    Fischlin, Daniel

  • Deconstruction and Negative Meaning in Medieval Mysticism

    Pages 41-58

    Thomson, David

  • “In No Recognizable Way” The Tempest

    Pages 59-87

    Fortier, Mark

  • “My Real Smash”: Elenctic Negation in Henry James’s The Ambassadors

    Pages 89-109

    Furlani, Andre

  • “Where Dream used to Collide with its Reality”: The Apocalyptic Space of Negation in García Lorca’s Poet in New York

    Pages 111-142

    Nandorfy, Martha J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality
Editors
  • D. Fischlin
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-8291-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-8291-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-2833-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4403-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 332
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