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Questions tagged [literary-theory]

Questions related to literary theory, i.e. the body of frameworks, ideas and methods about how to interpret literature.

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Is metonym, the figure of speech, about two things, like metaphor is?

In this sense, the primary subject is spoken of and thought about in terms of the secondary subject. It is easy to feel that in Romeo’s metaphor, familiar fragments of sun-talk come to be about ...
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Are there philosophers working with the idea of language being ideological?

Are there philosophers working with the idea of language being ideological? If so, who, what specifically are their research interests, and what studies into it are available? By 'ideology' I suppose ...
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Looking for a place to start with 'ideology' and 'autonomy' in literary criticism, especially so called “moral criticism”

I'm looking for a place to start with 'ideology' and 'autonomy' in literary criticism, especially so called "moral criticism". Any tips? Maybe a rundown of tendencies that employ those concepts would ...
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Resources on Jameson's The Political Unconscious

I'm looking for resources on Jameson's The Political Unconscious. I read it, and could understand the text on that level, but making sense of the whole lot, rather than making a long series of notes ...
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How does Thus Spoke Zarathustra conclude?

How does Thus Spoke Zarathustra conclude? "FELLOW-SUFFERING! FELLOW-SUFFERING WITH THE HIGHER MEN!" he cried out, and his countenance changed into brass. "Well! THAT—hath had its time! My ...
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How are professors, not of philosophy, familiar with so much philosophy? [closed]

I'm trying to read the books beneath written by literature professors who outwardly have no degree in Philosophy. But they all mention philosophers and philosophy. Thus how did they learn philosophy? ...
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How does structuralism and post-structuralism change the way I read a novel?

I am not from a literature background and have very limited ideas about structuralism and post-structuralism. From a naive point of view, these ideas say that we can interpret the text as we want ...
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Did Nietzsche say that Dostoevsky “cried truth [from the blood]”?

Did Nietzsche say that Dostoevsky "cried truth [from the blood]"? He praised Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground (1864) for having “cried truth from the blood.” The Handy Philosophy Answer ...
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Who did Schopenhauer have in mind when he wrote about “bad writers”?

In Brazil, a collection of five Schopenhuaer essays was published under the name "The Art of Writing", consisting of the essays Über Gelehrsamkeit und Gelehrte; Selbstdenken; Über Schriftstellerei und ...
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How popular are anti-mimetic theories of literature, and with whom?

How popular are anti-mimetic theories of literature, and with whom? A bad but clear example of supposed mimesis, in writing, is the idea that 'cow' is a slow and irritating word, because of its ...
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Do any Marxists write about Ulysses' “nightmare of history”

History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake Usually, it seems, associated with the artistic career of Joyce. But yes, it does sound like rich pickings for an aestheticising Marxist. Do ...
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Any deconstruction or “after theory” texts related specifically to poetry? [closed]

A friend is badgering me to read, and claimed that there would be some works of deconstruction and "after theory" (I have no idea what this means) "related specifically to poetry". I've read a book ...
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Is the bar lower for literary theory?

Is the bar lower for literary theory? Is argumentation a lot less demanding, i.e. it needn't be as convincing? I mean literary criticism as it is informed by its underlying principles (formalism, ...
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How, if at all, has the concept of rhetoric mutated during post-modernity?

How, if at all, has the concept of rhetoric mutated during post-modernity? I gather than it ('rhetoric') began its life, in classical Greece, as a form of public discourse inclusive of 'poetry', '...
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How to distinguish philosophy and literature? [closed]

How can we impartially distinguish philosophy and literature? In other words, if in the whole of an author's work there is not one single knowledge claim, then is it misnomer that the work be ...
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Does Benjamin claim that revolution is a corporeal meaninglessness?

Breton notes: 'Quietly. I want to pass where no one yet has passed, quietly! ' After you, dearest language.' Language takes precedence. Not only before meaning. Also before the self... the writings of ...
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What does the “existence” refer to at the end of the first surrealist manifesto?

This summer the roses are blue; the wood is of glass. The earth, draped in its verdant cloak, makes as little impression upon me as a ghost. It is living and ceasing to live which are imaginary ...
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Who has linked the analysis of modernism or post modernism to Lacan's four discourses?

Who has linked the analysis of modernism or post modernism to Lacan's four discourses? I mean obviously there's some kinda link between the master's discourse and at least some forms of modernism. I'...
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What gives rise to the preponderance of 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's? [closed]

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two unintelligent Danish nobles who were ultimately fooled by the protagonist and executed by the English king. Their attire, role, and tone ...
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What does “il n'y a pas de hors-texte” mean in philosophy and literary criticism?

Does the phrase "il n'y a pas de hors-texte" amount to the same thing in literary criticism and philosophy? There's a lot of bad google hits on this phrase, and I haven't read On Grammatology [p158] ...
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Is there a form of euhemerism which claims myths can have historical events derived from them like a poetic?

Is there a form of euhemerism which claims myths can have historical events derived from them like a poetic? I gather that the theory states that myth is a way of ordering chaotic human history. ...
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How does intertextuality square with “il n'y a pas de hors-texte” [closed]

How does intertextuality square with Derrida's phrase "il n'y a pas de hors-texte"? Specifically, do the two problematise Bloom's theory of influence, of deliberate misreading, such that that pre-...