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Skirting the Issue: Essays in Literary Theory (Paperback)

Mary Lydon

Edité par University of Wisconsin Press, United States, 1995
ISBN 10: 0299144607 / ISBN 13: 9780299144609
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Titre : Skirting the Issue: Essays in Literary ...

Éditeur : University of Wisconsin Press, United States

Date d'édition : 1995

Reliure : Paperback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. What is the relation of criticism to literature? What does it mean to call oneself a woman? What does a (feminine) coming to writing la venue a l ecriture, in Cixous s phrase imply? How may feminist strategies of reading appropriate the literary theory developed in France since the 1960s? What is involved in reading like a woman? These are some of the questions Mary Lydon explores in Skirting the Issue. Identifying with a series of French literary theorists, she adopts their manner rather than their putative method as she responds to selected French artists and writers of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The result is a suite of readings that show what has come to be known as French theory in operation: readings that are a la Derrida, Lacan, Barthes, Foucault after them in the sense that a drawing might be described as after Leonardo rather than a rehearsal of their thought. Operative rather than explicative, Lydon s approach illuminates writers and theorists alike while challenging the validity of trying to keep the two categories sharply distinct. Arguing, after Barthes, that the same desire to write animates both, she makes literature theoretical, theory literary, and the reader excited to be in the presence of the two in dialogue. Because of this, Skirting the Issue, which is as witty and elegant as it is lucid, will interest all students of modern literature and thought. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780299144609

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Synopsis : This study asks, What is the relation of criticism to literature?, What does it mean to call oneself a woman?, and What does a (feminine) coming to writing imply?. Lydon identifies with some French literary theorists.

Critique: "Mary Lydon's essays are unique in their ability to absorb a profound understanding of Derrida, Lacan, Barthes, and other French theorists into the very fabric of her critical readings. In these brilliant essays on Proust and Beckett, on Duras and Duchamp, and on feminist subjects, theory is always at the service of the most sensitive elucidation of difficult material. An original and delightful collection!"--Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University

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