Abstract

This essay suggests that the question of response to literary texts has been superseded by almost exclusive concerns about representation in recent feminist criticism. It charts a way back to criticism as a form of just response by examining the versions of reality as they appear in feminist theories of representation as opposed to the vision of language in the ordinary language philosophy pioneered by Austin, Wittgenstein, and Cavell. After exploring the role of criteria in fiction and arguing that fiction does conceptual work, Beckwith gives examples of just response in two key texts: Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, and Felicie’s response to the last act of that play in Eric Rohmer’s film Conte d’hiver.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-661X
Print ISSN
0028-6087
Pages
pp. 241-260
Launched on MUSE
2015-08-24
Open Access
No
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