Knowledge and Commitment

A problem-oriented approach to literary studies

Douwe W. Fokkema † | Utrecht University
Elrud Ibsch | Free University, Amsterdam
ISBN 9789027222220 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556196799 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027298553 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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The authors present a new perspective on a wide range of issues in the study of literature and culture. Some of the topics discussed, such as interpretation, canon formation, and literary historiography, belong to the traditional domain of literary studies. Others — cultural identity, convention, systems theory, and empirical methods — originate in the social sciences and are now being integrated into the humanities. By referring to the work of authors as widely apart as Hayden White, Edward Said, Fredric Jameson, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Reinhart Koselleck, Pierre Bourdieu, Niklas Luhmann, Siegfried Schmidt, Norbert Groeben, and many others, the full complexity of the field of literary studies becomes apparent.

The authors argue for a distinction between analysis of literary systems on the one hand and critical intervention on the other. By distinguishing between research and criticism, between knowledge and commitment, they offer new ways for literary studies as well as for cultural critique.

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Knowledge and Commitment is a sober and learned book, wide-ranging and sympathetic by way of its pragmatism and exemplification, its valuation of the multi-facetted uses of literature, its belief in understanding across cultures, its view of cultures as hybrid, and not least as an interesting attempt to position and promote research as opposed to hermeneutics, criticism, and rhetoric.”
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Fokkema, Douwe
2008. Dialogue and Research: Cross-cultural Literary Studies. Journal of Multicultural Discourses 3:1  pp. 16 ff. DOI logo
Tseronis, Assimakis & Charles Forceville
2017. Introduction. Argumentation and rhetoric in visual and multimodal communication. In Multimodal Argumentation and Rhetoric in Media Genres [Argumentation in Context, 14],  pp. 2 ff. DOI logo

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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

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DSB: Literary studies: general

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