A William V. Spanos Reader: Humanist Criticism and the Secular Imperative (Hardback)
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A William V. Spanos Reader: Humanist Criticism and the Secular Imperative (Hardback)

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Hardback 520 Pages / Published: 15/11/2015
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The American critic William V. Spanos, a pioneer of postmodern theory and co-founder of one of its principal organs, the journal boundary 2, is, in the words of A William V. Spanos Reader coeditor Daniel T. O'Hara, everything that current post-modern theory is accused of not being: polemical, engaged, prophetic, passionate. Informed by his experience as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Spanos saw dire con-sequences for life in modernist aesthetic experiments, and he thereafter imbued his work with a constructive aspect ever in the name of more life. A William V. Spanos Reader collects Spanos's most important critical essays, providing both an introduction to his prophetic, visionary work and a provocation to the practice of humanistic criticism.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810130845
Number of pages: 520
Weight: 1089 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 48 mm


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"Collaboratively compiled and co-edited, "A William V. Spanos Reader: Humanist Criticism and the Secular Imperative "collects together in a single volume Spanos's most important critical essays, providing both an introduction to his prophetic, visionary work and a provocation to the practice of humanistic criticism.An impressive work of exceptional scholarship from beginning to end, this is a very highly recommended and core addition to academic library Literary Criticism/Literary Theory reference collections in general, and William V. Spanos supplemental studies reading lists in particular." "Midwest Book Review"
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"Collaboratively compiled and co-edited, A William V. Spanos Reader: Humanist Criticism and the Secular Imperative collects together in a single volume Spanos's most important critical essays, providing both an introduction to his prophetic, visionary work and a provocation to the practice of humanistic criticism. An impressive work of exceptional scholarship from beginning to end, this is a very highly recommended and core addition to academic library Literary Criticism/Literary Theory reference collections in general, and William V. Spanos supplemental studies reading lists in particular." --Midwest Book Review

"In the age of 'surface' and 'distant' reading, of the revival of 'thin description, ' of the retreat into apolitical post-critical enumeration, A Spanos Reader reminds us that the task of the critic is to remain attentive to the secular imperative, that worldly and profane space of critique. It is to acknowledge, in Spanos' own words, 'the full obligation to think the question of the human in an absolute sense: every single minute of one's waking life.' This, indeed, is criticism with teeth." --symploke


-Collaboratively compiled and co-edited, A William V. Spanos Reader: Humanist Criticism and the Secular Imperative collects together in a single volume Spanos's most important critical essays, providing both an introduction to his prophetic, visionary work and a provocation to the practice of humanistic criticism. An impressive work of exceptional scholarship from beginning to end, this is a very highly recommended and core addition to academic library Literary Criticism/Literary Theory reference collections in general, and William V. Spanos supplemental studies reading lists in particular.- --Midwest Book Review

-In the age of 'surface' and 'distant' reading, of the revival of 'thin description, ' of the retreat into apolitical post-critical enumeration, A Spanos Reader reminds us that the task of the critic is to remain attentive to the secular imperative, that worldly and profane space of critique. It is to acknowledge, in Spanos' own words, 'the full obligation to think the question of the human in an absolute sense: every single minute of one's waking life.' This, indeed, is criticism with teeth.- --symploke

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