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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.
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
|Introduction: Falling into Theory||p. 1|
|Why We Read: The University, the Humanities, and the Province of Literature||p. 15|
|What We Have Loved, Others Will Love||p. 31|
|Disliking Books at an Early Age||p. 41|
|The Rise of English||p. 49|
|Introduction to Masks of Conquest||p. 60|
|The "Banking" Concept of Education||p. 68|
|Toward a Revolutionary Feminist Pedagogy||p. 79|
|The New Advocacy and the Old||p. 85|
|The Function of English at the Present Time||p. 89|
|Teaching Culture||p. 96|
|The Demise of Disciplinary Authority||p. 103|
|A Fortunate Fall?||p. 111|
|What We Read: The Literary Canon and the Curriculum after the Culture Wars||p. 121|
|Masterpiece Theater: The Politics of Hawthorne's Literary Reputation||p. 137|
|Contingencies of Value||p. 147|
|Treason Our Text: Feminist Challenges to the Literary Canon||p. 153|
|What Is a Minor Literature?||p. 167|
|Canon-Formation, Literary History, and the Afro-American Tradition: From the Seen to the Told||p. 175|
|From Epistemology of the Closet||p. 183|
|The Politics of Knowledge||p. 189|
|Introduction to A Feeling for Books||p. 199|
|Telling Our Story about Teaching Literature||p. 211|
|The Canon as Cultural Capital||p. 218|
|Elegiac Conclusion||p. 225|
|How We Read: Interpretive Communities and Literary Meaning||p. 235|
|The Death of the Author||p. 253|
|Actual Reader and Authorial Reader||p. 258|
|How to Recognize a Poem When You See One||p. 268|
|Do We Write the Text We Read?||p. 278|
|The Female Swerve||p. 290|
|From Sexual/Textual Politics||p. 295|
|Dancing through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Practice, and Politics of a Feminist Literary Criticism||p. 302|
|Black Matter(s)||p. 310|
|An Image of Africa||p. 323|
|The Frontier on Which Heart of Darkness Stands||p. 334|
|Imperialism and Sexual Difference||p. 340|
|Who Is Responsible in Ethical Criticism, and for What?||p. 349|
|The Literary Imagination||p. 356|
|Wanted Dead or Alive: Browning's Historicism||p. 366|
|Reclaiming the Aesthetic||p. 378|
|Aesthetics and the Literal Imagination||p. 391|
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