Abstract

Abstract:

This essay maintains that in the short period of one hundred years or so, the central topics of Western literary theory have undergone multiple transfers and changes, with the latter denying and insulating the former, shifting from the author oriented to the theory oriented, from sociological criticism void of literature to literary criticism void of literature—an arc that follows a closed loop, returning to the starting point with no way out. I argue from a Chinese perspective that this phenomenon contains a warning and profound revelation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 88-104
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-05
Open Access
No
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