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Literature, Culture, Theory: Anti-Mimesis from Plato to Hitchcock Series Number 10 (Hardback)
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Literature, Culture, Theory: Anti-Mimesis from Plato to Hitchcock Series Number 10 (Hardback)

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Hardback 282 Pages / Published: 08/09/1994
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The material elements of writing have long been undervalued, and have been dismissed by recent historicising trends of criticism; but analysis of these elements - sound, signature, letters - can transform our understanding of literary texts. In this 1994 book Tom Cohen shows how, in an era of representational criticism and cultural studies, the role of close reading has been overlooked. Arguing that much recent criticism has been caught in potentially regressive models of representation, Professor Cohen undertakes to counter this by rethinking the 'materiality' of the text itself. Through a series of revealing new readings of the work of writers including Plato, Bakhtin, Poe, Whitman and Conrad, Professor Cohen exposes the limitations of new historicism and neo-pragmatism, and demonstrates how 'the materiality of language' operates to undo the representational models of meaning imposed by the literary canon.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521460132
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"...the quixotic and often breathtaking combination of erudition and creativity that characterized de Man's work appears throughout Anti-Mimesis, lending Cohen's work a kind of paradigmatic authority." MLN
"...an excellent book, well worth reading and rereading--in posthumanist or other ways." Cesare Casarino, American Literature

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