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

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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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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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How do 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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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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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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Fredric Jameson's "Dialectical Sentences"

Fredric Jameson is one of the few hard line Marxists in America today. He writes extensively on topics about capitalism, postmodernity, etc, all through the lens of Hegelian/Marxist dialectics, which ...
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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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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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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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Why is literature a problem for aesthetic formalism?

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy claims literature is a problem for aesthetic formalism (which says aesthetic value comprises perceptual properties): Suppose you praise a short story for the ...
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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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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 is autonomy in art, where does it come from?

What is autonomy in recent art, where does it come from? I've encountered the concept in contemporary literary criticism, but recall little beyond it being prized by contemporary modernists, it ...
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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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What is 'schizo culture'?

I read this term in Jameson, Deleuze wrote about "schizos", and it seems to have some parlance in literary theory in general. What is 'schizo culture'? Is there no such thing, is that the point of ...
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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, 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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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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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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I'm trying to identify a rhetorical device

I already asked this question on the writing forum, but I suppose the subject matter is better suited here. Once again, I am writing a commentary on the book of Galatians, while employing a socio-...
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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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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 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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