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Theory and History of Literature #62: Text and Culture: The Politics of Interpretation

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Text and Culture was first published in 1989. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

In Text & Culture, Daniel Cottom examines the political aspects of contemporary disciplines of interpretation. He pleads against limiting the act of reading by disqualifying some readings as "wrong" or unscholarly, and he argues for the necessity of multiple readings, claiming that a closed-off text glosses over differences that are political in nature. He proceeds, then, from the notion of text to culture. Just as the reading of the text is conditioned by irreducible political differences, so is the reading of culture. Finally, to illustrate and further develop his arguments, Cottom presents an extensive analysis of Great Expectations.

Cottom's materials range from academic jokes to King Lear, and the writers he discusses range from Kant to Derrida, from Freud to Basil Bernstein, from Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bronislaw Malinowski to Erving Goffman, Clifford Geertz, and Stanley Fish. This study is especially concerned with the way "culture" and related terms, such as "context" and "norm," are part of a larger discourse in the contemporary humanities and social sciences - a discourse in which their effect is to repress recognition of important historical differences, conflicts, and possibilities. At the same time that he shows how difficult it is to get "beyond culture," he tries to indicate how interpretation may be turned into a more socially responsible practice.

Daniel Cottom is associate professor of English at the University of Florida. He is the author of Social Figures: George Eliot, Social History, and Literary Representation (Minnesota, 1987) and The Civilized Imagination: A Study of Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, and Sir Walter Scott.

Book News Annotation:

Cottom (English, U. of Florida) argues that any interpretation of culture, like that of literature, is limited by political bias, which tends to suppress important differences, conflicts, and possibilities. He presents an extensive analysis of Great expectations as an example of socially responsible practice. Clothbound edition ($35.00) not seen.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible to scholars, students, researchers, and general readers. Rich with historical and cultural value, these works are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. The books offered through Minnesota Archive Editions are produced in limited quantities according to customer demand and are available through select distribution partners.

About the Author

Daniel Cottom is a professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Social Figures: George Elliot, Social History, and Literary Representation (Minnesota, 1987) and The Civilized Imagination: A Study of Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, and Sir Walter Scott.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816617630
Author:
Cottom, Daniel
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Location:
Minneapolis :
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Discourse analysis
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Literature -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Theory and history of literature ;
Series Volume:
no. 157v. 62
Publication Date:
19890631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 0.59 lb

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