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By Antoine Compagnon

In the overdue 20th century, the commonsense method of literature used to be deemed naïve. Roland Barthes proclaimed the demise of the writer, and Hillis Miller declared that each one interpretation is theoretical. in lots of a literature division, graduate scholars spent way more time on Derrida and Foucault than on Shakespeare and Milton. regardless of this, logic techniques to literature--including the assumption that literature represents truth and authorial intentions matter--have resisted conception with tenacity. consequently, argues Antoine Compagnon, theorists have long past to extremes, boxed themselves into paradoxes, and distanced others from their principles. Eloquently assessing the accomplishments and failings of literary conception, Compagnon finally defends the equipment and targets of a theoretical dedication tempered by means of the knowledge of universal sense.

While it constitutes an enticing creation to contemporary theoretical debates, the e-book is equipped now not by way of tuition of inspiration yet round seven primary questions: literariness, the writer, the area, the reader, kind, heritage, and price. What makes a piece literature? Does fiction imitate truth? Is the reader found in the textual content? What constitutes kind? Is the context during which a piece is written very important to its apprehension? Are literary values universal?

As he examines how conception has wrestled those issues, Compagnon establishes now not an easy middle-ground yet a country of efficient rigidity among excessive concept and customary experience. the result's a publication that would be met with either controversy and sighs of relief.

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