Literature (The New Critical Idiom)

Literature (The New Critical Idiom)

By: Peter Widdowson (author)Hardback

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This introductory volume provides an overview of the history of Literature as a cultural concept, and reflects on the contemporary nature, place and function of what the literary might mean for us today. Literature: * offers a concise history of the canonic concept of 'literature' from its earliest origins * illustrates the kinds of theoretical issues which are currently invoked by the term 'literary' * provides a definition of the 'literary' for the twenty-first century With Literature Peter Widdowson provides a thought-provoking essay on the contemporary relevance of the 'literary' for students.

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Contents

Acknowledgements 1. What Is 'Literature'? Some (Non-)Definitions 2. What Has 'Literature' Been? A History of the Concept, Part One: Origins to Orthodoxies 3. What Has Happened to 'Literature'? A History of the Concept, Part Two: After the 1960s 4. What Is 'The Literary'? 5. The Uses of 'The Literary': Newstories 6. Watch This Space Endnotes References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 10/12/1998
  • ISBN13: 9780415169134
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780415169134
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 0415169135

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