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Literary Studies Deconstructed

A Polemic

Authors: Butler, Catherine

  • Delineates some problematic aspects of the culture of literary studies
  • Highlights some potential areas of study seen as neglected and to argue for their importance
  • Suggests ways in which literary studies might be expanded and reshaped, its priorities and assumptions reconsidered
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Literary Studies Deconstructed critiques the state of Literary Studies in the modern university and argues for its comprehensive reconstruction. It argues that Literary Studies as currently practised avoids engaging with much of literary experience and prioritises instead the needs of critics as a professional community: to teach and assess students, to demonstrate the creation of knowledge, and to meet the demands of governments, funders and other bodies. The result is that many areas centrally important to lay readers are largely omitted from critical discussion. Moreover, critical writing and its conventions are framed so as to mask and repress the subject’s contradictions. This lively and provocative book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in the critical profession or literary theory, as well as to Literary Studies academics.

About the authors

Catherine Butler is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University, where she publishes primarily on children’s literature. As well as writing and editing academic books, she has authored six novels for children and teenagers, and is editor of the journal, Children’s Literature in Education.

Reviews

“This is a timely, pertinent book, given how the changes brought about in academic literary studies over the past 25 years have caused the discipline to question its nature and purpose. … Her enterprise is commendable and the book is a worthwhile contribution to the debate on literary studies.” (Richard Bradford, timeshighereducation.com, October, 2018)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: The LITMUS Papers

    Pages 1-9

    Butler, Catherine

  • Not I? Critics Versus Readers

    Pages 11-41

    Butler, Catherine

  • The Uses of Embarrassment: Exploring the Limits of Critical Reading

    Pages 43-71

    Butler, Catherine

  • Attack of the Zombie Authors: Critics Versus Writers

    Pages 73-103

    Butler, Catherine

  • All Our Own Work: Originality and Creative Reading

    Pages 105-123

    Butler, Catherine

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literary Studies Deconstructed
Book Subtitle
A Polemic
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90475-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90475-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90474-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 149
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