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Literature and the Taste of Knowledge

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Part of The Empson Lectures

  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521606530

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  • What does literature know? Does it offer us knowledge of its own or does it only interrupt and question other forms of knowledge? This book answers and prolongs these questions through the close examination of individual works and the exploration of a broad array of examples. Chapters on Henry James, Kafka, and the form of the villanelle are interspersed with wider-ranging inquiries into forms of irony, indirection and the uses of fiction. Examples range from Auden to Proust and Rilke, and from Calvino to Jean Rhys and Yeats.

    • New readings of classic texts by authors including Henry James, Proust, Franz Kafka and Jean Rhys
    • Combination of close reading with theoretical speculation
    • New understandings of the role of ambiguity and irony in literature
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    “These inspiring discussions offer productive readings of writers who enjoy winking wile playing with literary space. Highly recommended.”
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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521606530
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 154 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: among the analogies
    1. What Henry knew
    2. After such knowledge
    3. Kafka and the Third Reich
    4. Seven types of obliquity
    5. Missing dates
    6. The fictionable world
    Epilogue: the essays of our life.

  • Author

    Michael Wood, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Currently he is the Chair of the English Department at Princeton and, from 1995–2001, he was the Director of Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton. He is the recipient of many fellowships and honours, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and is an ongoing Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. He is an editiorial board member of Kenyon Review. His works include books on Stendhal, Garcia Marquez, Nabakov, Kafka, and films. Additionally, he is a widely published essayist, with articles on film and literature in London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, New Republic and others.

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