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The Subject and the Text

The Subject and the Text
Essays on Literary Theory and Philosophy

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Part of Literature, Culture, Theory

  • Date Published: January 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521561211

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  • The dominance in literary theory of perspectives derived from French poststructuralism is shown by the priority accorded to language. In this collection of essays, the German philosopher Manfred Frank challenges many of the fundamental assumptions of contemporary theory. The emphasis on language, he claims, ignores key arguments inherited from Romantic hermeneutics, those which demonstrate that interpretation is an individual activity never finally governed by rules. Andrew Bowie's introduction situates Frank's work in the context of contemporary debates in philosophy and literary theory.

    • A translation of influential essays by important German philosopher
    • Brings together important trends in continental philosophy and literary theory
    • Contains an introduction to Frank's work from Andrew Bowie and a bibliography of Frank's main writings in German and English
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521561211
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The text and its style: Schleiermacher's theory of language
    2. What is a literary text and what does it mean to understand it?
    3. The 'true subject' and its double: Jacques Lacan's hermeneutics
    4. The entropy of language: reflections on the Searle-Derrida debate

  • Author

    Manfred Frank, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany


    Andrew Bowie, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge


    Helen Atkins

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