Literature as Dialogue

Invitations offered and negotiated

| Åbo Akademi University
ISBN 9789027210395 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027269898 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
How is it that some texts achieve the status of literature? Partly, at least, because the relationship they allow between their writers and the people who respond to them is fundamentally egalitarian. This is the insight explored by members of the Åbo literary communication network, who in this new book develop fresh approaches to literary works of widely varied provenance. The authors examined have written in Ancient Greek, Táng Dynasty Chinese, Middle, Modern and Contemporary English, German, Romanian, Polish, Russian and Hebrew. But each and every one of them is shown as having offered their human fellows something which, despite some striking appearances to the contrary, amounts to a welcoming invitation. This their audiences have then been able to negotiate in a spirit of dialogical interchange.

Part I of the book poses the question: How, in offering their invitation, have writers respected their audiences’ human autonomy? This is the province of what Åbo scholars call "communicational criticism". Part II asks how an audience negotiating a literary invitation can be encouraged to respect the human autonomy of the writer who has offered it. In Åbo parlance, such encouragement is the task of "mediating criticism". These two modes of criticism naturally complement each other, and in their shared concern for communicational ethics ultimately seek to further a post-postmodern world that would be global without being hegemonic.

[Dialogue Studies, 22]  2014.  xv, 274 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures
Roger D. Sell
Part I. Communicational criticism: Evaluating the invitations offered to audiences by writers
Dialogue and dialogicity: Swift’s A Modest Proposal and Plato’s Crito
David Fishelov
Silence and dialogue: The hermetic poetry of Wáng Wéi and Paul Celan
Yi Chen
Multifaceted postmodernist dialogue: Julian Barnes’s Talking It Over and Love, etc.
Nina Muždeka
Misunderstanding and embodied communication: The Comedy of Errors
Antonio Castore
The dialogic potential of "literary autism": Caryl Phillips’s Higher Ground (1989) and Marie NDiaye’s Trois femmes puissantes (2009)
Bénédicte Ledent
Narrative and talk-back: Joseph Conrad’s “Falk”
Leona Toker
Part II. Mediating criticism: Helping audiences to negotiate writers’ invitations
The role of emotions in literary communication: Joyce’s The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Anja Müller-Wood
In dialogue with the ageing Wordsworth
Roger D. Sell
Rules of exchange in mediaeval plays and play manuscripts
Pamela M. King
Subjectivity and the dialogic self: The Christian Orthodox poetry of Scott Cairns and Cristian Popescu
Carmen Popescu
Dialogues with Whitman in Polish: From a series of translations, through a series of retextualizations, towards a reception series:
Marta Anna Skwara
Dialogues of cultures and national identity: Reuven Asher Braudes’ The Two Poles
Helena Rimon
Early Romantic hopes of dialogue: Friedrich Schlegel’s fragments
Guillaume Lejeune
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Subjects & Metadata

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014013839 | Marc record