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Author Gaskin, Richard, 1960-

Title Language, truth, and literature : a defence of literary humanism / Richard Gaskin
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013
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Contents ""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Preface""; ""1. Language, Text, and World""; ""1 The context principle""; ""2 Meaning and its varieties""; ""3 Linguistic idealism, realism, and pragmatism""; ""4 Linguistic idealism and modernism""; ""5 Text and world""; ""2. Literature, Fact, and Fiction""; ""6 Humanism and value""; ""7 The definition of a work of literature (I)""; ""8 Text and work""; ""9 The definition of a work of literature (II)""; ""10 Literature and fiction""; ""11 Literature and fact: autobiography""; ""12 Literature and fact: proper names, general terms, and incompleteness""
""13 Fictional discourse and discourse about the fiction""""14 Fiction and universals""; ""3. Literary Humanism: Sense, Reference, and Knowledge""; ""15 A preliminary definition of literary humanism""; ""16 Sense and reference""; ""17 Sense and ineffability""; ""18 Work and paraphrase""; ""19 Sentences, noun phrases, and assertion""; ""20 Literature, paraphrase, and knowledge""; ""21 Knowledge of reference, knowledge of sense""; ""22 Reading and rereading""; ""4. Literary Humanism: Analytical Objections and Responses""; ""23 Propositional and non-propositional knowledge""
""24 Reference and cognitive value""""25 Truth and aesthetic value""; ""26 Co-assertibility and contradiction (I)""; ""27 Co-assertibility and contradiction (II)""; ""5. Reception Theory and Meaning""; ""28 Introduction""; ""29 Judging Horatian delights""; ""30 Killing Claggart""; ""31 Untangling Neaera�s hair""; ""32 Reception theory and misunderstanding""; ""33 The status of a work�s original meaning""; ""6. Literature and Ambiguity""; ""34 Ambiguity and contradiction: syntax""; ""35 Ambiguity and contradiction: semantics""; ""36 Ambiguity and change of meaning""
""37 A language not to be betrayed""""7. The Status of Authorial Intentions""; ""38 Interpretation and the hermeneutic circle""; ""39 The intentional fallacy""; ""40 Authorial intentions and privacy""; ""41 Intentions to mean and intentions to do""; ""42 Intention and allusion""; ""8. Deconstruction and Meaning""; ""43 Linguistic idealism and the signifier�signified distinction""; ""44 Understanding and semiotic replacement""; ""45 Mention and use""; ""46 Privacy and dialogue""; ""47 Establishing the text""; ""48 The hermeneutic circle revisited""; ""9. Deconstruction and Pragmatism""
""49 Deconstruction and the �anything goes� accusation""""50 Deconstruction and rule following""; ""51 Deconstruction and transcendentalism""; ""52 On trying to be inside and outside the language game at the same time""; ""10. Literary Language, Science, and the World""; ""53 Literary language and the world""; ""54 Literature and science""; ""55 Metaphor and reference""; ""11. Form, Content, and Ideology""; ""56 Introduction""; ""57 Keats and the ecocritics""; ""58 The politicization of Edward Thomas""; ""59 Shakespeare and politics""; ""60 Parody and satire""
Summary Richard Gaskin offers an original defence of literary humanism according to which works of imaginative literature have an objective meaning which is fixed at the time of production and not subject to individual readers' responses. He shows that the appreciation of literature is a cognitive activity fully on a par with scientific investigation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Humanism in literature.
Literature -- Aesthetics.
Literature -- Philosophy.
Literature, Modern -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Humanism in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Semiotics & Theory.
Literature -- Aesthetics.
Literature -- Philosophy.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191633038