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The Object of Literature

The Object of Literature


Part of Literature, Culture, Theory

  • Date Published: March 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521476782

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  • This 1995 book by Pierre Macherey was his first dealing with literature and theory since his seminal A Theory of Literary Production. Continuing the project of Althusserian theory, Macherey engages in a series of close exegeses of classical texts in French literature and philosophy, from the late eighteenth century down to the 1970s, that explore the historically variable but thematically similar ways in which literary texts represent philosophical ideas. Rejecting the simple notion that literature deploys philosophical topoi in an unmediated manner, Macherey shows the conceptual sophistication - and broad intellectual influence - that literary art has displayed in the modern period. At once a theoretical meditation of great originality and a historical work of scrupulous scholarship, The Object of Literature will entrench Pierre Macherey's already considerable reputation as one of the most significant contemporary theoreticians of literature.

    • Long-awaited book by the author of a key text in contemporary literary theory
    • Combines materialist theories with those of French thinkers including Foucault
    • Broad appeal to those interested in European literature, literary theory, philosophy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521476782
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. What is literature thinking about?
    Part I. Roads to History:
    2. A cosmopolitan imaginary: the literary thought of Mme. de Staël
    3. George Sand's Spiridion: a pantheist novel
    4. The Hegelian musings of Raymond Queneau
    Part II. Into the Depths:
    5. On Victor Hugo: figures of the man from below
    6. Georges Bataille: materialism inverted
    7. A rhetoric of the abyss: Céline's magic metro
    Part III. All Must Pass Away:
    8. Sade and the order of disorder
    9. Flaubert's non-realism
    10. Foucault reads Roussel: literature as philosophy
    11. Towards a literary philosophy.

  • Author

    Pierre Macherey, Université de Lille III, Charles de Gaulle


    Michael Sprinker

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