By Nicholas Royle, Andrew Bennett
This e-book offers the major severe techniques in literary reports this present day, warding off the jargonistic, summary nature of a lot `theory'. The authors discover the most important concerns in modern feedback and conception through focusing heavily on a number texts, from Chaucer to Achebe and from Milton to Morrison.
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Second, it is also the case that the author not only may be dead, but in some respects is dead, even when alive. Part of the irony and humour of this passage from Salinger’s novel consists in the blurring of the distinction between living authors and dead ones. For despite his concern with the problem of giving Ring Lardner a ring, given that Ring Lardner cannot be rung (since he is dead), Holden Caulfield concludes his ‘call-an-author’ fantasy by saying he would like to ‘call old Thomas Hardy up’ – as if Hardy, though ‘old’, still lived.
On theatre and alienation, ‘A Short Organum for the Theatre’ (Brecht 1978) is terse and stimulating. On fairy tales and the uncanny, see Jack Zipes (1988). On telepathy and the uncanny, see Royle’s Telepathy and Literature (1991). Freud’s ‘The “Uncanny”’ remains an extremely rich and surprising text (see Freud 1985b, as well as the new Penguin translation in Freud 2003). For some of the more challenging readings of Freud’s essay, see Samuel Weber (1973, 2000), Hélène Cixous (1976), Neil Hertz (1979) and Jane Marie Todd (1986).
Qxd 13/05/2004 14:44 Page 20 . 20 An introduction to literature, criticism and theory author. You really can be drawn into the feeling that the author is ‘a terrific friend of yours’ or that your appreciation and understanding of an author is so intense it touches on the telepathic. Holden’s reference to getting on the phone to the author is uncannily apposite: the rapport that exists between you and your favourite author is indeed a sort of linguistic tele-link. The author is an absent presence, both there and not there.
An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory by Nicholas Royle, Andrew Bennett