A future for theory?
Hill, Leslie. (2009) A future for theory? Paragraph, Vol.32 (No.2). pp. 140-153. ISSN 0264-8334Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/E0264833409000492
What is it that guarantees the truth of literary theory? And what is it that testifies to its survival into the future? This paper, intended primarily as a tribute to the work of Malcolm Bowie, examines some of the implications of Bowie's view that literary theory, rigorously applied, as in the case of psychoanalysis, was inseparable from its status as creative, productive, futural, perhaps even fictional performance. The paper considers these questions further in the context of that shared commitment to the neuter or the undecidable that is a striking feature of the writing on literature of Roland Barthes, Maurice Blanchot and Jacques Derrida, and which is also a way of thinking the futural possibilities and possible futures of theory.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > French Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Literature -- Philosophy, Bowie, Malcolm, 1943-2007 -- Criticism and interpretation, Barthes, Roland -- Criticism and interpretation, Blanchot, Maurice -- Criticism and interpretation, Derrida, Jacques -- Criticism and interpretation, Psychoanalysis and literature|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Paragraph|
|Publisher:||Edinburgh University Press|
|Number of Pages:||14|
|Page Range:||pp. 140-153|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Version or Related Resource:||This paper is a revised version of a keynote lecture given at The Queen Mary Malcolm Bowie Conference: Across the Arts, December 2007.|
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