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Ways of Re-Thinking Literature

ISBN 9781138675759
Published April 18, 2018 by Routledge
238 Pages

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Book Description

Ways of Re-Thinking Literature creates a unique platform where leading literary thinkers and practitioners provide a multiplicity of views into what literature is today.

The texts gathered in this extraordinary collection range from philosophy to poetry, to theater, to cognitive sciences, to art criticism, to fiction, and their authors rank amongst the most significant figures in their fields, in France, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Topics covered include an assessment of the role of literary narratives in contemporary writing, new considerations on the novel, a redefinition of the "poetic" factor in poetry and life, and a discussion of how literature engages with contemporary forms of individuality.

Under the auspices of literary luminaries Hélène Cixous and the late John Ashbery, these new pieces of writing bring to light contributions by innovative and well-established authors from the English-speaking sphere, as well as never-before translated prominent new voices in French theory.

Featuring original work from some of today’s most influential authors, Ways of Re-Thinking Literature is an indispensable tool for anybody interested in the future and possibilities of literature as an endeavor for life, thought, and creativity.

With special cover artwork by Rita Ackermann, the volume includes contributions from Emily Apter, Philippe Artières, John Ashbery, Paul Audi, Dodie Bellamy, Tom Bishop, Hélène Cixous, Laurent Dubreuil, Tristan Garcia, Stathis Gourgouris, Donatien Grau, Boris Groys, Shelley Jackson, Wayne Koestenbaum, Camille Laurens, Vanessa Place, Maël Renouard, Peter Schjeldahl, Adam Thirlwell, and Camille de Toledo.

Table of Contents


Tom Bishop and Donatien Grau

Prelude: Golden Discount

John Ashbery

Part I: Literary Narratives

  1. The Disappearing Avant-Garde
  2. Tom Bishop

  3. The Critical Life: Rethinking Biography in an Experimental Mode
  4. Emily Apter

  5. What Literature Can Do
  6. Philippe Artières

  7. Some Notes Towards a Literary Conception of Literature
  8. Donatien Grau

    Part II: Literature and the Novel

  9. The Installation as Novel
  10. Boris Groys

  11. History of New Novels
  12. Adam Thirlwell

  13. What becomes of the novel when the gods are coming back
  14. Tristan Garcia

    Part III: Literature and the Poetic

  15. The Varieties of Literary Experience
  16. Peter Schjeldahl

  17. Intellection, Cognition, Contradiction
  18. Laurent Dubreuil

  19. Heiner Müller’s Lyric Loneliness and the Mythical Body
  20. Stathis Gourgouris

  21. The Route of the Impossible
  22. Paul Audi

    Part IV: A New Subjectivity

  23. Re-thinking, re-feeling literature
  24. Camille Laurens

  25. Hoarding as Écriture
  26. Dodie Bellamy

  27. Corpse Pose
  28. Wayne Koestenbaum

  29. The Shelley Jackson Vocational School for Ghost Speakers and Hearing-Mouth Children
  30. Shelley Jackson

  31. Some Fragments
  32. Maël Renouard

  33. Fictional Habitation
  34. Camille de Toledo

  35. Act two: Why I am a destiny

Vanessa Place

Conclusion: Ay yay! The Cry of Literature

Hélène Cixous


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Tom Bishop is the Florence Lacaze Gould Professor of French, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at New York University (NYU), USA. For fifty years, he served as Chair of the department of French at NYU and Director of the Center for French Civilization and Culture. Amongst his many publications are: From the Left Bank: Reflections on the Modern French Theater and Novel (1997) and Pirandello and the French Theater (1960, 1970).

Donatien Grau is a Guest Curator at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA. He holds a doctorat in French and comparative literature from the Sorbonne, France, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford, UK. He was twice a Guest Resarch Researcher at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; a Florence Gould Lecturer, New York University; a Special Guest of French Studies, Cornell University; a Visiting Scholar, Stevanonich Institute for the Formation of Knowledge, University of Chicago; a teaching fellow, Sorbonne and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.