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Cunning Passages: New Historicism, Cultural Materialism and Marxism in the Contemporary Literary Debate

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Many literary theories have treated literary works as if they were timeless, untouched by the eras in which they were written or in which they were read. Such attitudes have been countered by those who see both writing and reading as inescapably moulded and informed by historical circumstance. This work looks at the various theoretical components of, and contributions to, this "turn to history" - new historicism, cultural materialism and Marxism - and at their productive engagement with varieties of formalism and textualism. This study explores the implications such debates have on attempts to understand both reports of historical events, such as Hiroshima or the Nazi holocaust, and also fictional and poetic works whose relation to historical actuality is more complex and indirect. The book interrogates a range of other texts from, primarily, the period of high modernization, in the light of these theoretical debates.

Softcover in very good condition. Slight creasing to spine and rear cover. Previous owners name to half-title page otherwise contents are clean and unmarked with no annotation or highlighting.

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Author(s):
Hawthorn, Jeremy
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23.2 x 15.6 cm
Edition:
1996
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0340598530
ISBN-13:
9780340598535
Number of pages:
256
Publisher:
Arnold
Title:
Cunning Passages: New Historicism, Cultural Materialism and Marxism in the Contemporary Literary Debate

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Many literary theories have treated literary works as if they were timeless, untouched by the eras in which they were written or in which they were read. Such attitudes have been countered by those who see both writing and reading as inescapably moulded and informed by historical circumstance. This work looks at the various theoretical components of, and contributions to, this "turn to history" - new historicism, cultural materialism and Marxism - and at their productive engagement with varieties of formalism and textualism. This study explores the implications such debates have on attempts to understand both reports of historical events, such as Hiroshima or the Nazi holocaust, and also fictional and poetic works whose relation to historical actuality is more complex and indirect. The book interrogates a range of other texts from, primarily, the period of high modernization, in the light of these theoretical debates.

Softcover in very good condition. Slight creasing to spine and rear cover. Previous owners name to half-title page otherwise contents are clean and unmarked with no annotation or highlighting.

Author(s):
Hawthorn, Jeremy
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23.2 x 15.6 cm
Edition:
1996
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0340598530
ISBN-13:
9780340598535
Number of pages:
256
Publisher:
Arnold
Title:
Cunning Passages: New Historicism, Cultural Materialism and Marxism in the Contemporary Literary Debate

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