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Literary Theory's Languages: The Deconstruction of Sense vs. the Deconstruction of Reference

Joshua Kates

in Fielding Derrida

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229468
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229468.003.0005

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Literary Theory's Languages: The               Deconstruction of Sense vs. the Deconstruction of Reference

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This chapter explores the impact of two alternative models of language on developments in that field in which the thought of Derrida has been most influential in the last twenty years, which include literary theory and literary criticism. It identifies a previously unsuspected split between semantic and referential approaches in literary theory and in actual criticism, specifically in the neopragmatism of Stanley Fish, Walter Michaels, and Steven Knapp; the queer theory of Eve Sedgwick, and the new historicism and its heirs.

Keywords: language; literary theory; literary criticism; semantic approach; referential approach; neopragmatism; queer theory; historicism

Chapter.  13701 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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