Pleasure and Change

Pleasure and Change : The Aesthetics of Canon

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The question of the canon has been the subject of debate in academic circles for over fifteen years. Pleasure and Change contains two lectures on this important subject by the distinguished literary critic Sir Frank Kermode. In essays that were originally delivered as Tanner Lectures at Berkeley in November of 2001, Kermode reinterprets the question of canon formation in light of two related and central notions: pleasure and change. He asks how aesthetic pleasure informs what we find valuable, and how this perception changes over time. Kermode also explores the role of chance, observing the connections between canon formation and unintentional and sometimes even random circumstance. Geoffrey Hartmann (Yale University), John Guillory (New York University), and Carey Perloff (director of the American Conservatory Theatre) offer incisive comments on these essays, to which Kermode responds in a lively rejoinder. The volume begins with a helpful introduction by Robert Alter. The result is a stimulating and accessible discussion of a highly significant cultural debate.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 130 x 188 x 10mm | 140.62g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195309359
  • 9780195309355
  • 1,225,601

Review quote

"A refreshing departure from the nasty academic jousting that often passes for a debate about the canon.... [Kermode's] reasoned advocacy is a reminder why literature and criticism are equipment for living."-Bookforumshow more

About Frank Kermode

Sir Frank Kermode is Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge.show more

Table of contents

PLEASURE AND CHANGE; COMMENTS; REPLY TO COMMENTATORSshow more

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