The Object of Literature

The Object of Literature

3 (4 ratings by Goodreads)

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 4 business days
When will my order arrive?

Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas

Description

This 1995 book by Pierre Macherey was his first dealing with literature and theory since his seminal A Theory of Literary Production. Continuing the project of Althusserian theory, Macherey engages in a series of close exegeses of classical texts in French literature and philosophy, from the late eighteenth century down to the 1970s, that explore the historically variable but thematically similar ways in which literary texts represent philosophical ideas. Rejecting the simple notion that literature deploys philosophical topoi in an unmediated manner, Macherey shows the conceptual sophistication - and broad intellectual influence - that literary art has displayed in the modern period. At once a theoretical meditation of great originality and a historical work of scrupulous scholarship, The Object of Literature will entrench Pierre Macherey's already considerable reputation as one of the most significant contemporary theoreticians of literature.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 330g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 052147678X
  • 9780521476782
  • 1,530,197

Table of contents

Foreword; 1. What is literature thinking about?; Part I. Roads to History: 2. A cosmopolitan imaginary: the literary thought of Mme. de Stael; 3. George Sand's Spiridion: a pantheist novel; 4. The Hegelian musings of Raymond Queneau; Part II. Into the Depths: 5. On Victor Hugo: figures of the man from below; 6. Georges Bataille: materialism inverted; 7. A rhetoric of the abyss: Celine's magic metro; Part III. All Must Pass Away: 8. Sade and the order of disorder; 9. Flaubert's non-realism; 10. Foucault reads Roussel: literature as philosophy; 11. Towards a literary philosophy.
show more

Review quote

"...Macherey's formidable critical intelligence runs through its pages all the same." Vincent P. Pecora, Modern Philology
show more

Rating details

4 ratings
3 out of 5 stars
5 0% (0)
4 50% (2)
3 25% (1)
2 0% (0)
1 25% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X