This volume assesses the current state of Literacy Theory and examines the issues to be addressed by future research. The essays cover established theoretical perspectives and debates and also examine the changing face of literacy studies in the modern world. They include: Essays on deconstruction; New historicism: Reception theory; Sociology and literature; Modernism and post modernism; Marxism and literature; Feminist literary theory; Psychoanalytic literary theory, and the relevance of race and imperialism to the study of literature. The contributors are distinguished, internationally renowned critics, and are widely recognized as leaders in their fields. They include Homi Bhabha, Peter Burger, Stephen Greenblatt, Hans Robert Jauss, Ann Jefferson, Barbara Johnson, Sarah Kofman, Julia Kristeva, Michael Riffaterre, Elaine Showalter, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Robert Weimann and Albrecht Wellmer. This outstanding volume will be of great interest to students and academics in literature and modern languages, linguistics, philosophy, cultural studies and womena s studies.
Peter Collier is Lecturer in French at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. Helga Geyer--Ryan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Amsterdam.
Introduction:. Beyond Postmodernism: Peter Collier and Helga Geyer--Ryan. Part I:. 1. The Surprise of Otherness: Barbara Johnson. 2. The Problem of Aesthetic Value: Peter Burger. 3. Metaphysics at the Moment of its Fall: Albrecht Wellmer. Part II:. 4. The Theory of Reception: Hans Robert Jauss. 5. The New Historicism: Stephen Greenblatt. 6. Text, Author--Function and Society: Robert Weimann. Part III:. 7. Undecidability as Hermeneutic Constraint: Michael Riffaterre. 8. Literariness, Dominance and Violence in Formalist Aesthetics: Ann Jefferson. 9. Conversions: Sarah Kofman. 10. Identification and the Real: Julia Kristeva. Part IV:. 11. Feminism and Literature: Elaine Showalter. 12. Articulating the Archaic: Homi K Bhabha. 13. Post--structuralism, Marginality, Post--Coloniality and Value: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Index