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Stanley Fish: "Is There a Text in This Class?"

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Michael Röösli

on 12 October 2017

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Transcript of Stanley Fish: "Is There a Text in This Class?"

Postmodernism
is ...
TEXT
WORLD
ARTIST
READER
- Narratology
- New Criticism

- Biographical Criticism
- Psychoanalytical Criticism

- Marxism
- New Historicism
- Gender Studies
- (Post-)Colonial Studies
- Eco-Criticism

- Reader Response
"Objective":
Expressive:
Mimetic:
Pragmatic:
Some Theoretical Approaches
Text
Determinism:
Meaning = authorial intention
Relativism:
Meaning = multiple, subjective
The Death
of the Author
What is an
Author?
Author-Function
≠ deterministic
≠ relativist
Theoretical Frameworks
Text
STRUCTURALISM
POSTSTRUCTURALISM
Text
Advantages:
- A 'scientific' method for analysing text
- A methodology that connects disciplines
- It takes context into account
Problems:
- Determinism
- Ahistoricity
- Subjectivity of readings
- Relies on 'artificial' oppositions
- Reading from outside the net
Poststructuralism
Literary Theory
1960s
1970s - ?
First Day of Class
Fish's pragmatism:
'There is no text'
Forgotten Book
Interpretive Communities
Is There A Text
In This Class?
- Context
- Ideology
- Narrative Schemata
- Intertextuality
- Genre
- Discourse
- etc...
Conventions
What stuff are interpretive communities made of?
- Share values, assumptions, reading strategies
- No determinism, no relativism
- No more subject(reader)/object(text)
- Everything's in context
- Texts have no holes
- Readerly competence
- Uncle Tom's Cabin
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