Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvi

In 1994, at an English department meeting at Emory University, I found myself in the middle of a debate over future staffing needs. Naturally, the faculty members all had varying, though mutually respectful opinions. Some thought we should fill historical gaps in our curriculum with entry-level period specialists. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

To many professors of literature and language, overstepping the traditional boundaries of literary criticism seems like a good idea. It is good to expand criticism beyond the limits a purely aesthetic approach to literature entails. A commitment to literature as and only as literary art, to writings only in terms of their literary features, ...

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A Critical Glossary

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pp. 17-140

The word "construction" has become so popular in contemporary criticism that its mention and reception are almost as routine as those of terms like "irony" and "plot." The MLA Bibliography lists 2,861 entries for the word since 1981, and titles bearing the heading "The Construction of ... " litter journal tables of contents, conference banners, and academic press catalogues. ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 141-148

The preceding discussions of critical terms all operate on a basic premise: the significance of a term rests on the role it plays in a critical method. On this assumption, the analyses have sought to divine a continuity of usage in scholarly practice, in this case, astrategically anti-disciplinary, consistently inconsistent style of academic expression. ...

Bibliography

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pp. 149-154

Index

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pp. 155-156

Back Cover

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pp. 197-197