In From Text to Literature. London, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan (2005)
AbstractIn the course of the nineteenth century the study of literature was professionalized. There was a concerted attempt to make the study of literature an academic pursuit, ‘a particular branch of learning or science’, to turn it into ‘literary studies’ or, as it was called in German, Literaturwissenschaft. 1 This attempt was ultimately successful in the sense that literary studies became a recognized and established discipline within the new Humboldtian kind of university. However, this success brought troubles of its own. Among other things, the arrival of the academic discipline of literary studies not only required a method of study but also a determinate field of study. In order to delimit such a field, a clear and well-defined concept of literature was needed. This meant that academic literary studies would have to transform, for its own specific purposes, such concepts as ‘literary work’ and ‘literary text’ as well as the concept of ‘literature’, from broad, vague, non-theoretical, everyday notions into something like well-designed theoretical tools. Though it has not always been recognized, this transformation has presented a major theoretical problem for literary studies, and it is arguable that to this day no satisfactory solution has been found.
Similar books and articles
Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction: Readings of William Shakespeare, King Lear, Henry James, "the Aspern Papers," Elizabeth Bishop, the Complete Poems 1927-1979, Toni Morrison, the Bluest Eye.Michael Ryan - 1998 - Blackwell.
Literature and Philosophy in Dialogue: Essays in German Literary Theory.Hans-Georg Gadamer & Robert H. Paslick (eds.) - 1993 - State University of New York Press.
Evolution and Literary Studies: Time to Evolve.David Fishelov - 2017 - Philosophy and Literature 41 (2):272-289.
Review: Stein Haugom Olsen and Anders Pettersson, eds., Why Literary Studies? Raisons D’être of a Discipline. [REVIEW]Jukka Mikkonen - 2013 - Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 23 (46).
Verbal Art a Philosophy of Literature and Literary Experience.Anders Pettersson - 2000 - Mcgill-Queen's University Press.
The Concept of Literary Application: Readers' Analogies From Text to Life.Anders Pettersson - 2012 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
The Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field.Pierre Bourdieu - 1996 - Polity Press.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads