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Against Theory: Literary Studies and the New Pragmatism

Mitchell, W. J. T.
Publisher:  University of Chicago Press Journals, Chicago, USA
Date Written:  15/06/1985
Year Published:  1985  
Pages:  152pp   ISBN:  978-0226532271
Resource Type:  Book

"Against Theory," the title essay in this volume, challenges the notion that literary theory has any real work to do, or any results to show. This challenge—issued by Steven Knapp and Walter Benn Michaels in Critical Inquiry (8:4)—strikes some critics as scandalous, others as provocative and productive.

Abstract: 
This collection includes the essay "Against Theory," seven responses to it, and a rejoinder by Knapp and Michaels (originally published in Critical Inquiry 9:4); in addition, there are two new statements plus a final reply by Knapp and Michaels.

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