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Radical empiricists : five modernist close readers, Helen Thaventhiran

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Radical empiricists : five modernist close readers
Title
Radical empiricists
Title remainder
five modernist close readers
Statement of responsibility
Helen Thaventhiran
Title variation
Five modernist close readers
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Radical Empiricists' presents a new history of criticism in the first half of the twentieth-century, against the backdrop of the modernist crisis of meaning. Our received idea of modernist criticism is that its novelty lay in being very empirical: critics believed in looking closely at words on the page. Such close reading has since been easy to ridicule but my book seeks to consider whether this is fair: have we, in the rush either to dismiss, or even to defend, the idea of close reading, often failed to look closely at what it involves in practice? Against this oversight, Radical Empiricists turns close reading back on itself, proposing some innovative readings of the prose of five major modernist poet-critics: I.A. Richards, T.S. Eliot, William Empson, R.P. Blackmur, and Marianne Moore. The book is divided into two parts, preceded by an introduction that explores what these five writers share: a radical self-consciousness about the key critical concept, 'meaning'. Part I, 'How to read', considers the prose techniques of Eliot, Richards and Empson as they push at the boundaries of verbal analysis in other disciplines: experimental psychology and anthropology, classical commentary and textual criticism. Part II introduces Blackmur and Moore, alongside Empson, and takes a more polemical look at how their critical styles defy various modernist orthodoxies about 'how not to read' (for example, that paraphrase always destroys poetic meaning). Many of these orthodoxies remain current: re-visiting their history, and attending to the rich detail of critical prose styles, can allow us to lift some old, unreflective constraints on our ways of knowing about poems
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ERASA
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Thaventhiran, Helen
Dewey number
810/820
Index
index present
LC call number
PN94
LC item number
.T52 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Criticism
  • Literature, Modern
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Meaning (Philosophy) in literature
  • Criticism
  • Modernism (Literature)
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Radical empiricists : five modernist close readers, Helen Thaventhiran
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Modernist criticism and the meaning of meaning -- Annotation : T.S. Eliot and marginal commentary -- Experiment : I.A. Richards and critical bathos -- Emendation : William Empson and the textual crux -- Paraphrase : William Empson's cheerful heresies -- Circumlocution : R.P. Blackmur's failures of style -- Parataxis : Marianne Moore's reticent sentences -- Conclusion : Feedforward-feedback
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780198713425
Lccn
2014958319
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
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9780198713425
System control number
  • (OCoLC)903804570
  • (OCoLC)ocn903804570
Label
Radical empiricists : five modernist close readers, Helen Thaventhiran
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Modernist criticism and the meaning of meaning -- Annotation : T.S. Eliot and marginal commentary -- Experiment : I.A. Richards and critical bathos -- Emendation : William Empson and the textual crux -- Paraphrase : William Empson's cheerful heresies -- Circumlocution : R.P. Blackmur's failures of style -- Parataxis : Marianne Moore's reticent sentences -- Conclusion : Feedforward-feedback
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780198713425
Lccn
2014958319
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other control number
9780198713425
System control number
  • (OCoLC)903804570
  • (OCoLC)ocn903804570

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