Textual Interpretation and Historical Description

Edited by Mary Poovey

in Genres of the Credit Economy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780226675329
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226675213 | DOI:
Textual Interpretation and Historical Description

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This interchapter continues the discussion of reading, focusing on the ways that contemporary literary critics' treatments of texts differ so radically from the way readers not disciplined by graduate training read. It engages one variant of professional literary reading/writing—which is sometimes called New Historicism, sometimes called discourse analysis—in order to explore some of the problems that arise when even expert readers try to use the textual interpretations such theoretically sophisticated practices yield to generate historical narratives.

Keywords: reading; literary critics; literary texts; literary writing; New Historicism; discourse analysis

Chapter.  7070 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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