Literature as Communication

The foundations of mediating criticism

| Åbo Akademi University
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This book offers foundations for a literary criticism which seeks to mediate between writers and readers belonging to different historical periods or social groupings. This makes it, among other things, a timely intervention in the postmodern “culture wars”, though the theory put forward will be of interest not only to students of literature and culture, but also to linguists.
Sell describes communication in general as strongly interactive, as very much affected by the disparate situationalities of “sending” and “receiving”, yet as by no means completely determined by them. Seen this way, men and women are both social beings and individuals, capable of empathizing with sociohistorical formations which are alien to them, sometimes even to the extent of changing their own life-world. By treating literary activity as communicational in this same dynamic sense, Sell radically modifies the main paradigms of twentieth-century literary theory, casting much new light on questions of genre, interpretation, affect and ethics.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 78]  2000.  xiv, 348 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
1. Introduction
1
2. A-Historical De-Humanization
29
3. The Historically Human
77
4. Literature as Communication
119
5. Interactive Consequences
177
6. Mediating Criticism
253
Glossary
281
Bibliography
303
Name Index
333
Subject Index
341
“Both Literature as Communication and Mediating Critism are books which should be read by every scholar concerned with literary theory and linguistic criticism, and by every linguist interested in the outer reaches of pragmatics and interactional discourse analysis — or by anyone who won't choose sides between literature and language.”
“Especially because of the clear and concise presentation of the relevant terminology I would not hesitate to recommend this book to be included in the list of suggested books to read for final-year undergraduates.”
“Literature in Communication is a significant document worth using as a textbook in postgraduate departments of English. It is one of the books that should make a difference to literary practices in this decade.”
“Sell's books, Literature as Communication in particular, have made me think long and hard, and I have profited greatly from them. They have thus affected me and effected a change. That is, I take it, what the author wanted to achieve, and that is the true measure of his success.”
“Sell marshals an impressive amount of evidence for his communicative theory of literature. To say that the range of his reading and scholarship is wide is an understatement, and the amount of information provided does not make for easy reading. But these two books do indeed constitute a "timely intervention," to quote the blurb of Literature as Communication, in the current cultural debate. By giving a powerful boost to historical scholarship, which both New Criticism and Deconstruction to a climate of opinion less given to arid theorizing and dogmatism.”
“Sell has painstakingly argued a brave and genuinely useful approach to literature, one both far-reaching and textually intimate. His work begs the reasonable discussion of its merits and deserves the attention of future critical theorists.”
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Subjects

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00031142