Who is more important: the reader, or the writer? Originally published in French in 1966, Pierre Macherey's first and most famous work, A Theory of Literary Production dared to challenge perceived wisdom, and quickly established him as a pivotal figure in literary theory. The reissue of this work as a Routledge Classic brings some radical ideas to a new audience, and argues persuasively for a totally new way of reading. As such, it is an essential work for anyone interested in the development of literary theory.
I Some Elementary Concepts 1. Criticism and Judgement 2. Domain and Object 3. Questions and Answers 4. Rule and Law 5. Positive and Negative Judgement 6. Front and Back 7. Improvisation, Structure and Necessity 8. Autonomy and Independence 9. Image and Concept: Beautiful Language and True Language 10. Illusion and Fiction 11. Creation and Production 12. Pact and Contract 13. Explanation and Interpretation 14. Implicit and Explicit 15. The Spoken and The Unspoken 16. The Two Questions 17. Interior and Exterior 18. Depth and Complexity II Some Critics 19. Lenin, Critic of Tolstoy The Image in the Mirror 20. Literary Analysis: The Tomb of Structures III Some Works 21. Jules Verne: The Faulty Narrative I. The Problem posed by the work II. Analysis of the work III. The function of the novel Appendix: The Thematic Ancestor a --" Robinson Crusoe 22. Borges and the Fictive Narrative 23. Balzaca -- s Les Paysans: A Disparate Text