Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality

Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality

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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 Garcia 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.
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  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 20.57mm | 1,470g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1994 ed.
  • XII, 332 p.
  • 0792328337
  • 9780792328339

Table of contents

Introduction: Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality; D. Fischlin. Part I: Negative Meaning, Unrecognizability, Elenctic Negation, and Apocalypse. Deconstruction and Negative Meaning in Medieval Mysticism; D. Thomson. `In No Recognizable Way': The Tempest; M. Fortier. `My Real Smash': Elenctic Negation in Henry James's The Ambassadors; A. Furlani. `Where Dream Used to Collide with its Reality': the Apocalyptic Space of Negation in Garcia Lorca's Poet in New York; M.J. Nandorfy. Part II: Nothing Doing and Nihilism. Nothing Doing: the Repudiation of Action in Beckett's More Pricks than Kicks; H. Vandervlist. The Shadow Life: Negation, Nihilism, and Insanity in Thomas Bernhard's Correction; B. Murphy. Part III: Engendering Negation. Beyond Negation: Paradoxical Affirmation in Whitman's Third Edition; H.J. Levine. Forster's Ghosts: A Passage to India and the Emptying of Narrative; J. Scherer Herz. Putting on the Feminine: Gender and Negativity in Frankenstein and The Handmaid's Tale; V. Hollinger. Part IV: Theory, Practice, and Denegation. Negation and the Evil Eye: a Reading of Camera Lucida; J. Blais. `Theres More Nothing to Say': Unspeaking Douglas Barbour's Story for a Saskatchewan Night; C. Diehl-Jones. Monstrosity, Illegibility, Denegation: de Man, Nichol, and the Resistance to Postmodernism; D.L. Clark. Derrida and Dogen: Denegation and the Liberation of Discriminating Thought; T.A. Foshay. Index.
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