Critical Conventions: Interpretation in the Literary Arts and Sciences John ONeill

ISBN: 9780806123783

Published: May 1st 1992

Hardcover

335 pages


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Critical Conventions: Interpretation in the Literary Arts and Sciences  by  John ONeill

Critical Conventions: Interpretation in the Literary Arts and Sciences by John ONeill
May 1st 1992 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 335 pages | ISBN: 9780806123783 | 8.28 Mb

John ONeills new collection of essays analyzes post-Kuhnian critical practice in the literary and social sciences by focusing on issues of cognitive style and disciplinarity. In his examinations of Fredric Jamesons reading of Baudelaire and JosephMoreJohn ONeills new collection of essays analyzes post-Kuhnian critical practice in the literary and social sciences by focusing on issues of cognitive style and disciplinarity. In his examinations of Fredric Jamesons reading of Baudelaire and Joseph Gusfields rhetorical analysis of social science writing, ONeill challenges current assumptions about the political functions of literary criticism and the fictionality of the sciences.

He rejects Richard Rortys Kuhnianism as an unruly license for peddling American liberal ideology, just as he rejects the authoritarian practices of Stanley Fishs interpretive community and Jamesons violations of an ideal critical community. Instead, ONeill ranges across disciplines in his interrogation of writing as a scholarly and scientific activity, offering cogent symptomatic readings of Montaigne, Descartes, Barthes, Vico, Joyce, and Freud that recreate the Renaissance dialectic between desire and the body politic.

The essays also treat various kinds of writing--the science article, the essay, the literary review, the conference commentary--as instances of writing in kinds, that is to say, as writing that achieves in untaught ways the texture of philosophical, sociological, and literary argument. In demonstrating how the edifice of human sciences is produced in ways that we consider good enough to read, comment on, and argue about, ONeill sets forth a defense of the ideal tradition of communication in the arts and sciences that is at odds with radical literary politics now beset by ideological narcissism and authoritarianism among its own establishment critics.



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