- Title: The Singularity of Literature
- Author: Derek Attridge
- ISBN: 9780415335935
- Page: 427
- Format: Paperback
Winner of the ESSE European Society for the Study of English Book Award for Literature 2006Literature and the literary have proved singularly resistant to definition Derek Attridge argues that such resistance represents not a dead end, but a crucial starting point from which to explore anew the power and practices of Western art.In this lively, original volume, the authWinner of the ESSE European Society for the Study of English Book Award for Literature 2006Literature and the literary have proved singularly resistant to definition Derek Attridge argues that such resistance represents not a dead end, but a crucial starting point from which to explore anew the power and practices of Western art.In this lively, original volume, the author considers the implications of regarding the literary work as an innovative cultural event, both in its time and for later generations provides a rich new vocabulary for discussions of literature, rethinking such terms as invention, singularity, otherness, alterity, performance and form returns literature to the realm of ethics, and argues the ethical importance of the literary institution to a culture demonstrates how a new understanding of the literary might be put to work in a responsible, creative mode of reading.The Singularity of Literature is not only a major contribution to the theory of literature, but also a celebration of the extraordinary pleasure of the literary, for reader, writer, student or critic.
Recent Comments "The Singularity of Literature"
much more fun than the atrocious cover art would imply. thanks, Derek.
The book is not very original and does not explain what is it about literature that is so singular: "My attempt to convey in the language of argument and description the essence of the literary has, of course, failed; but as an event communicated in the event of reading, this failure offers itself as testimony to the vitality and persistence of literature(p. 138)." In my opinion it is better to take any work of literature than to read books about literature. However, if someone is interested in [...]
During my second reading I discovered that this is an absolute gem, and not the clunker I had previously thought it. Attridge is generous, responsible, and erudite - and if the man loves Levinas so much, well, I guess that's allright. His sustained engagement with alterity, ethics, and innovation is a perfect method of exploring why, exactly, good books matter; and his is one of the best long-form definitions of literature I've encountered yet. If you have the time, the effort, and the backgroun [...]
A very powerful book, which resonates with some ideas I already had before I started reading. Attridge is everything he things a responsible and responsive reader should be. There's so much to find in this slim volume, but it never becomes too much or too dense. A brilliant accomplishment.
One of the most exciting works of literary theory I've ever read.
A passionate and convincing argument for aestheticism.
Very accessible, I'd very much recommend it for anyone interested in reading literature seriously.
Literature = inventive, singular event inviting response.
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