Knowledge and Commitment
A problem-oriented approach to literary studies
Douwe W. Fokkema † | Utrecht University
Elrud Ibsch | Free University, Amsterdam
The authors present a new perspective on a wide range of issues in the study of literature and culture. Some of the topics discussed, such as interpretation, canon formation, and literary historiography, belong to the traditional domain of literary studies. Others — cultural identity, convention, systems theory, and empirical methods — originate in the social sciences and are now being integrated into the humanities. By referring to the work of authors as widely apart as Hayden White, Edward Said, Fredric Jameson, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Reinhart Koselleck, Pierre Bourdieu, Niklas Luhmann, Siegfried Schmidt, Norbert Groeben, and many others, the full complexity of the field of literary studies becomes apparent.
The authors argue for a distinction between analysis of literary systems on the one hand and critical intervention on the other. By distinguishing between research and criticism, between knowledge and commitment, they offer new ways for literary studies as well as for cultural critique.
[Utrecht Publications in General and Comparative Literature, 33] 2000. x, 217 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | p. vii
Preface | p. ix
1. Introduction | p. 1
2. Interpretation and Explanation | p. 13
3. Canons: Critical and Didactic Instruments | p. 27
4. Literary History | p. 47
5. Identity and Convention | p. 87
6. Literary Systems | p. 113
7. Empirical Research | p. 125
8. Intervention in the Cultural Debate | p. 169
9. Conclusions | p. 189
Name Index | p. 207
Subject Index | p. 213
“Knowledge and Commitment is a sober and learned book, wide-ranging and sympathetic by way of its pragmatism and exemplification, its valuation of the multi-facetted uses of literature, its belief in understanding across cultures, its view of cultures as hybrid, and not least as an interesting attempt to position and promote research as opposed to hermeneutics, criticism, and rhetoric.”
Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, University of Aarhus
Cited by 2 other publications
Tseronis, Assimakis & Charles Forceville
2017. Introduction. Argumentation and rhetoric in visual and multimodal communication. In Multimodal Argumentation and Rhetoric in Media Genres [Argumentation in Context, 14], ► pp. 2 ff.
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Literature & Literary Studies
Main BIC Subject
DSB: Literary studies: general
Main BISAC Subject
LIT000000: LITERARY CRITICISM / General
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