The Truth of Literary Criticism

13 March 2013, 12:00 - 14:00

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, S3 (Third floor)

Dr Josh Robinson (Queens'; English) presents at the CRASSH Postdoctoral Research Seminar.

The event is free to attend but registration is required. Please click on the link at the right hand side of the page to register your place. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Abstract

In the wake of the recent re-emergence of interest in the question of what literature knows, this paper turns its attention to the question of what and how literary criticism knows. I consider a range of twentieth-century writings on literature, primarily from England, the United States and Germany, in relation both to work in the analytic philosophy of language and to the continental traditions of phenomenology, hermeneutics and critical theory, addressing some of the different ways in which criticism relates to cognition. I address the question of the most appropriate configuration of the relationship between poetics and hermeneutics, and offer a way of understanding criticism as a mode of knowing that both attends to and learns from poetic technique and its literary manifestations.

About Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson is a Research Fellow at Queens' College, and works primarily on the relationship between literature and cognition, particularly with respect to contemporary and experimental poetry, and on the history and theory of literary criticism.

 

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