The Search for a New Alphabet

Literary studies in a changing world

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| University of Utrecht
| University of Utrecht
| University of Utrecht
| University of Utrecht
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Literary Studies is currently going through a deep transformation, preparing itself for the launch into the twenty-first century.
The present volume, which is dedicated to Douwe Fokkema on the occasion of his retirement from Utrecht University, captures this transformation in a number of squibs by a select international group of scholars. Topics dealt with are: canon formation, conventions, cultural relativism, hermeneutics vs. empirical studies, and the problem of values, all themes very much central to current discussions in comparative literature and literary theory. Taken together they form a variegated picture of a discipline in a changing world, continually involved, so to speak, in ‘The Search for a New Alphabet.’
[Not in series, 76]  1996.  x, 326 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
xi
The Art of Being Anti-Conventional: The Case of the Prose Poem
Els Andringa
1
From Over-Confidence to Clear and Present Danger: Comparative Literature and Intellectual Fashion
Hans Bertens
7
Literature, Cultural Relativism and the Efficacy of Cognitive
Jean Bessière
13
Hermeneutics as a Quest for Literary Conjunctions and Conjectures
Lisa Block de Behar
19
Ancient Lyric Poetry and Modern Theory
Jan den Boeft
25
Fact and Fiction: Isocrates on Truth and the Rules for the Encomium
Jeroen Bons
30
Dialogue and Direct Discourse
Frank Brandsma
34
To Purify the Language
Wim Bronzwaer
39
Towards the Study of the Canon in Brazilian Literature: Machado de Assis and Jean-Ferdinand Denis
Tania Franco Carvalhal
44
Semiotics and Liberal Arts Education
Han-liang Chang
49
On the Need for New Comparative Literature Handbooks
Yves Chevrel
53
To Join Instruction with Delight: On Literary Studies and Literary History
Ampie Coetzee
57
Globalization and Literary Value
Amiya Dev
62
Cultural Values in a Multicultural Perspective
Katinka Dijkstra
67
Ployfunctional or Monofunctional Language?
Lubomir Dolezel
73
Canons in Linguistic, Stylistic and Literary Competence
Nils Erik Enkvist
78
Historical Referentiality as a Condition of Literary History
Gerald Gillespie
83
The Parnassus of the Twenty-First Century Turns into a K2
Frank de Glas
89
Daughter of Theology
Jaap Goedegebuure
94
Literary Genres and Intercultural (Mis)Understanding
Hendrik van Gorp
99
Brutalization of Cultural and Universal Values in Marlene van Niekerk’s Triomf: Relativity of Cultural Relativism or Redefinition of Universal Validity?
Ina Graebe
105
The Conventions of Interpretation
Elrud Ibsch
111
Post-Totalitarian Culture in a Postmodern Labyrinth: From the Perspective of Poland
Halina Janaszek-Ivanicková
118
Theory, Theories, Theorizing and Cultural Relativism
Eva Kushner
124
Literary Theory and the Dynamics of the Media Age: Static versus Dynamic Models
José Lambert
129
Censorship and Literature in a Democratic South Africa
Margreet de Lange
135
Against Interpretation: Hermeneutics and Empirical Studies
Geert Lernhout
140
Justifying the Canon
Paisley Livingston
145
Canons and Comparatists
Earl Miner
151
Canons in Context
Jozien Moerbeek
156
Interpretation and Explanation
J.J.A. Mooij
162
Influence versus Intertextuality
Ulla Musarra
167
The Structure of Literary Revolutions
John Neubauer
172
Cultural Relativism and Models for Literary Studies
Ziva Ben-Porat
177
Where Invention and Representation Meet
Ann Rigney
182
Should We Have Insured Ourselves Against Nietzsche?
Frans Ruiter
187
Northrop Frye and the Problem of Cultural Values: The Case of Canada
Roseann Runte
192
Empirical Studies of Literature — What Else?
Siegfried J. Schmidt
198
Cultural and Literary Identity: Disease or Medicine? A Dialogue with Douwe Fokkema
Rien T. Segers
202
Literary Studies, Media and Low Culture: Some Minor Clues for a Major Topic
Maria Alzira Seixo
208
Traveling Theory: A Twisting Movement
Dan Shen
213
Uniqueness and Contingency
Horst Steinmetz
219
An Ambiguous Story: Sartre’s Dépaysement between Modernist and Existentialist Conventions
Hans van Stralen
223
Genology: In Search of Adequacy
Leon Strydom
228
Diary as Narrative: Theory and Practice
Susan Rubin Suleiman
234
Universalism and Cultural Relativism
Mihály Szegedy-Maszák
239
Flaubert and the Transformation of Idyll
Joachim von der Thüsen
245
Political Satire in Hungarian Exile Literature: Systemic Considerations
Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek
250
Between Prise de Position and Habit-Taking: The Contribution of Operative Semantics to the Semiotics of Culture
Horst Turk
256
Hermeneutics and Empirical Studies
Mario J. Valdés
261
Yardstick or Straight Jacket? Notes on the Process of Canonization
Hennie P. van Coller
267
The Ambiguity of Canon Issues in Modernism: A Praxiological Approach
Raymond Vervliet
272
Once upon a Time there Was a Researcher … A “Historical” Approach to the State of Art of German Literary Studies at the End of the Second Millenium
Reinhold Viehoff
278
Literature in the Mass Media: The Challenge of Changing Enunciative and Receptive Modalities
Joris Vlasselaers
284
Cultural Relativism and the Future of Comparative Literature: An Oriental Perspective
Wang Ning
290
Should Literary Studies Be Unreadable?
Jean Weisgerber †
296
Holier Than Thou: Literature, Science and the Empirical Turn
Elisabeth Wesseling
301
Something New From the Old Alphabet: A Match for Giono, Borges and Calvino?
Sytze Wiersma
306
From Cultural Relativism to Cultural Respect
Yuan Heh-Hsiang
311
Western Literary Theory in China 1985–1995
Yue Daiyun
316
How Empirical is the Empirical Study of Literature?
Rolf A. Zwaan
321
Subjects

Literature & Literary Studies

Comparative literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  96014855