Neo-Pragmatism - Introduction to Theory of Literature - Professor Paul Fry - Lecture 25 of 26 - Video-lecture

Video-lecture, Literature

Description: In this lecture, Professor Paul Fry takes on Knapp and Michaels's influential article, "Against Theory." The historical context of the piece is given and key aspects of the theorists' critical orientations, specifically their neo-pragmatism, are defined. A lengthy discussion of the relationships between, on the one hand, intention and meaning and, on the other hand, language and speech follows with reference to Saussure, deconstruction, and Russian formalism. Knapp and Michaels's use of Wordsworth's "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal" to explore the limits of meaning and intention is examined in depth. Ultimately, case is made, using issues subject to dispute in Knapp and Michaels, that theory is a useful and necessary tool in literary studies Show more
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