Comparative Criticism: Volume 2, Text and Reader: A Yearbook

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Elinor Shaffer
Cambridge University Press, Nov 6, 1980 - Literary Criticism - 366 pages
This is a yearbook sponsored by the British Comparative Literature Association in the belief that, when English studies are being redefined, comparative literary studies represent a major direction forwards. The yearbook addresses itself to questions of literary theory and criticism; to comparative studies in terms of theme, genre, movement and influence; and to interdisciplinary topics. It includes translations of literary, scholarly and critical works; substantial reviews of major books and tendencies in the field; and the first bibliographies of comparative literature in Britain. Volume 2 is concerned with the relationship between the text and its reader, a topic of particular interest in current criticism. Some of the major theorists and critics in the field are represented: Mikhail Bakhtin, the Russian theorist whose important work, already influential in France, has only begun to be translated into English in recent years; and the contemporary critics, Wolfgang Iser and John Preston, who have led the way in the exploration of the 'aesthetics of reception' in the English novel.

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Contents

GABRIEL JOSIPOVICI Text and voice
3
a critical
27
TERENCE CAVE Recognition and the reader
49
FOLEY Epic and charm in Old English and SerboCroatian
71
The Heart
93
Silas Marner
109
GILLIAN BEER Plot and the analogy with science in later
131
LOTHAR HÖNNIGHAUSEN Point of view and its background
151
ANN JEFFERSON Intertextuality and the poetics of fiction
235
MARÍN SORESCU Poems
253
GÜNTER KUNERT Poems
259
MARCEL SCHWOB The king in the golden mask
265
on recent theories
291
on Ruth Finnegan
303
On Michael
313
PETER HULME and GORDON BROTHERSTON A partial his
319

LESLIE HILL Proust and the art of reading
167
DAVID H WALKER Subversion of narrative in the work
187
MIKHAIL BAKHTIN The word in the novel
213

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