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The Quality of Literature: Linguistic studies in literary evaluation (Linguistic Approaches to Literature)

 
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Evaluation is central to literary studies and has led to an impressive list of publications on the status and history of the canon. Yet it is remarkable how little attention has been given to the role of textual properties in evaluative processes. Most of the chapters in The Quality of Literature redress this issue by dealing with texts or genres ranging from classical antiquity, via Renaissance to twentieth century. They provide a rich textual and historical panorama of how critical debate over literary quality has influenced our modes of thinking and feeling about literature, and how they continue to shape the current literary landscape. Four theoretical chapters reflect on the general state of literary evaluation while the introduction weaves the different threads together aiming at further conceptual clarification. This book thus contributes to a deeper understanding of the problems that are at the heart of past and present debates over literary quality.

Table of contents

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Acknowledgments
vii
Foreword
ix
Introduction
WillieávanáPeer
1–14
Part I. Textual and generic comparisons
15
1. Canon formation: Ideology or aesthetic quality?
WillieávanáPeer
17–29
2. Why Hugh Maccoll is not, and will never be, part of any literary canon
SteináHaugomáOlson
31–51
3. Popular / canonical: The case of The Secret Agent
JanáGorak
53–69
4. Literary evaluation and poetic form: Poetic form and creative tension
TomáBarney
71–81
5. Poetic value: Political value
LaurenceáLerner
83–94
6. "Too soon transplanted": Coleridge and the forms of dislocation
DavidáS.áMiall
95–116
7. Evaluation and stylistic analysis
MickáShortáandáElenaáSemino
117–137
8. The value of Juvenal
WalteráNash
139–156
Part II. Theoretical reflections
157
9. Some correlates of literary eminence
ColináMartindale
159–167
10. Macbeth through the computer: Literary evaluation and pedagogical implications
SoniaáZyngier
169–190
11. How scientific can literary evaluation be? Arguments and experiments
HaraldáFricke
191–207
12. Philosophical perspectives on literary value
PaisleyáLivingston
209–221
13. The qualities of literatures: A concept of literary evaluation in pluralistic societies
RenateávonáHeydebrandáandáSimoneáWinko
223–239
Author index
241–242
Subject index
243






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