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Ethics and aesthetics

Jonathan Culler.

in Literary Theory

July 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 4105 words.

A major role of literature has traditionally been to offer a wide range of vicarious experiences and exercise the moral imagination. Recent debates in literary theory and ethics have...

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Identity, identification, and the subject

in Literary Theory

July 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 3621 words.

‘Identity, identification and the subject’ examines the debate in literary and cultural theory concerning the identity and function of the subject or self. Two basic questions underlie...

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Language, meaning, and interpretation

in Literary Theory

July 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 4657 words.

Questions about the nature and the roles of language and how to analyse it have been central to theory. Some of the major issues can be focused through the problem of meaning and this is...

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Literary Theory

Jonathan Culler.

July 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 184 pages.

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction addresses the questions: What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is literature, and does it...

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Literature and cultural studies

Jonathan Culler.

in Literary Theory

July 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 3590 words.

‘Literature and cultural studies’ explores a complex relationship. In principle, there need not be conflict between literary and cultural studies. Literary studies is not committed to a...

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Narrative

in Literary Theory

July 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 3840 words.

According to ‘Narrative’, stories are the main way we make sense of things, whether in thinking of our lives as a progression leading somewhere or in telling ourselves what is happening in...

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Performative language

in Literary Theory

July 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 4461 words.

‘Performative language’ considers issues concerning the meaning and effects of language, identity and the nature of the subject. Performative utterances do not describe but perform the...

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Rhetoric, poetics, and poetry

in Literary Theory

July 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 3988 words.

‘Rhetoric, poetics and poetry’ explores these literary effects with examples. Poetry is closely allied to rhetoric — the study of the persuasive and expressive resources of language. Poetry...

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What is literature and does it matter?

in Literary Theory

July 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 7438 words.

The question ‘What is literature?’ arises because critics and theorists hope, by saying what literature is, to promote what they consider the most pertinent critical methods and to dismiss...

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What is theory?

in Literary Theory

July 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 5518 words.

Since the 1960s, writings from outside the field of literary studies have been taken up by people in literary studies because their analyses of language, mind, history or culture offer new...

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