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Falling into Theory Conflicting Views on Reading Literature



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Falling into Theoryis a brief and inexpensive collection of essays that asks literature students to think about the fundamental questions of literary studies today.

Author Biography

DAVID H. RICHTER (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor and director of graduate studies in the English Department at Queens College and professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Richter publishes in the fields of narrative theory and eighteenth-century literature. Recent titles include The Progress of Romance: Literary Historiography and the Gothic Novel (1996), Ideology and Form in Eighteenth-Century Literature (1999), and The Critical Tradition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1998), and he is currently at work on two criticial books: a cultural history of true crime fiction and an analysis of difficulty in biblical narrative.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Falling into Theoryp. 1
Why We Read: The University, the Humanities, and the Province of Literaturep. 15
What We Have Loved, Others Will Lovep. 31
Disliking Books at an Early Agep. 41
The Rise of Englishp. 49
Introduction to Masks of Conquestp. 60
The "Banking" Concept of Educationp. 68
Toward a Revolutionary Feminist Pedagogyp. 79
The New Advocacy and the Oldp. 85
The Function of English at the Present Timep. 89
Teaching Culturep. 96
The Demise of Disciplinary Authorityp. 103
A Fortunate Fall?p. 111
What We Read: The Literary Canon and the Curriculum after the Culture Warsp. 121
Masterpiece Theater: The Politics of Hawthorne's Literary Reputationp. 137
Contingencies of Valuep. 147
Treason Our Text: Feminist Challenges to the Literary Canonp. 153
What Is a Minor Literature?p. 167
Canon-Formation, Literary History, and the Afro-American Tradition: From the Seen to the Toldp. 175
From Epistemology of the Closetp. 183
The Politics of Knowledgep. 189
Introduction to A Feeling for Booksp. 199
Telling Our Story about Teaching Literaturep. 211
The Canon as Cultural Capitalp. 218
Elegiac Conclusionp. 225
How We Read: Interpretive Communities and Literary Meaningp. 235
The Death of the Authorp. 253
Actual Reader and Authorial Readerp. 258
How to Recognize a Poem When You See Onep. 268
Do We Write the Text We Read?p. 278
The Female Swervep. 290
From Sexual/Textual Politicsp. 295
Dancing through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Practice, and Politics of a Feminist Literary Criticismp. 302
Black Matter(s)p. 310
An Image of Africap. 323
The Frontier on Which Heart of Darkness Standsp. 334
Imperialism and Sexual Differencep. 340
Who Is Responsible in Ethical Criticism, and for What?p. 349
The Literary Imaginationp. 356
Wanted Dead or Alive: Browning's Historicismp. 366
Reclaiming the Aestheticp. 378
Aesthetics and the Literal Imaginationp. 391
Appendixp. 399
Indexp. 405
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