The Quality of Literature

Linguistic studies in literary evaluation

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| Ludwig Maximilian University
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Evaluation is central to literary studies and has led to an impressive list of publications on the status and history of the canon. Yet it is remarkable how little attention has been given to the role of textual properties in evaluative processes. Most of the chapters in The Quality of Literature redress this issue by dealing with texts or genres ranging from classical antiquity, via Renaissance to twentieth century. They provide a rich textual and historical panorama of how critical debate over literary quality has influenced our modes of thinking and feeling about literature, and how they continue to shape the current literary landscape. Four theoretical chapters reflect on the general state of literary evaluation while the introduction weaves the different threads together aiming at further conceptual clarification. This book thus contributes to a deeper understanding of the problems that are at the heart of past and present debates over literary quality.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 4]  2008.  ix, 243 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
vii
Foreword
ix
Introduction
Willie van Peer
1–14
Part I. Textual and generic comparisons
15
1. Canon formation: Ideology or aesthetic quality?
Willie van Peer
17–29
2. Why Hugh Maccoll is not, and will never be, part of any literary canon
Stein Haugom Olson
31–51
3. Popular / canonical: The case of The Secret Agent
Jan Gorak
53–69
4. Literary evaluation and poetic form: Poetic form and creative tension
Tom Barney
71–81
5. Poetic value: Political value
Laurence Lerner
83–94
6. "Too soon transplanted": Coleridge and the forms of dislocation
David S. Miall
95–116
7. Evaluation and stylistic analysis
Mick Short and Elena Semino
117–137
8. The value of Juvenal
Walter Nash
139–156
Part II. Theoretical reflections
157
9. Some correlates of literary eminence
Colin Martindale
159–167
10. Macbeth through the computer: Literary evaluation and pedagogical implications
Sonia Zyngier
169–190
11. How scientific can literary evaluation be? Arguments and experiments
Harald Fricke
191–207
12. Philosophical perspectives on literary value
Paisley Livingston
209–221
13. The qualities of literatures: A concept of literary evaluation in pluralistic societies
Renate von Heydebrand and Simone Winko
223–239
Author index
241–242
Subject index
243
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Subjects

Linguistics

Semiotics

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSA – Literary theory
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007047268