Literature as Dialogue

Invitations offered and negotiated

Roger D. Sell | Åbo Akademi University
ISBN 9789027210395 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027269898 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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How is it that some texts achieve the status of literature? Partly, at least, because the relationship they allow between their writers and the people who respond to them is fundamentally egalitarian. This is the insight explored by members of the Åbo literary communication network, who in this new book develop fresh approaches to literary works of widely varied provenance. The authors examined have written in Ancient Greek, Táng Dynasty Chinese, Middle, Modern and Contemporary English, German, Romanian, Polish, Russian and Hebrew. But each and every one of them is shown as having offered their human fellows something which, despite some striking appearances to the contrary, amounts to a welcoming invitation. This their audiences have then been able to negotiate in a spirit of dialogical interchange.

Part I of the book poses the question: How, in offering their invitation, have writers respected their audiences’ human autonomy? This is the province of what Åbo scholars call "communicational criticism". Part II asks how an audience negotiating a literary invitation can be encouraged to respect the human autonomy of the writer who has offered it. In Åbo parlance, such encouragement is the task of "mediating criticism". These two modes of criticism naturally complement each other, and in their shared concern for communicational ethics ultimately seek to further a post-postmodern world that would be global without being hegemonic.

[Dialogue Studies, 22] 2014.  xv, 274 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014013839 | Marc record