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Introduction: Production, History

Jan Mieszkowski

in Labors of Imagination

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225873
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235346 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225873.003.0001
Introduction: Production, History

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Contemporary literary criticism is guided by the belief that a human act is best understood by considering the space and time in which it emerges. This idea is powerful in its simplicity, appealing to the notion that more background information is always better. It is less clear whether the assumption of a fundamental connection, if not an outright identity, between origin and purpose is sound for all social or aesthetic phenomena. As a paradigm of textuality, production is enlisted to help demystify the “autonomy” of the artwork, especially when it comes to claims for the volition or even the creative authority of language. The starting point for such a discussion is necessarily Immanuel Kant's Critique of Judgment, the most famous attempt to formulate a doctrine of genius with which to overthrow the normative poetics that predominated in eighteenth-century Germany.

Keywords: literary criticism; textuality; production; Immanuel Kant; language; normative poetics

Chapter.  5206 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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