Act and Quality: A Theory of Literary Meaning and Humanistic Understanding

ISBN: 9780870233272
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Pr
Publication Date: 1981-10
Number of pages: 352
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A complex and subtle text that seriously takes on an entire range of central critical figures like Derrida, Barthes, Said, Hirsch, and de Man as well as problems in theory ranging from how a text can be conceived as an action, through the question of authorial status, to the crucial problem of the determinate nature of meaning. Along the way, Altieri considers most of the important variations on the most crucial contemporary positions and economically situates their contributions and their weaknesses.

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