Li: Ethical Literary criticism in the humanist tradition seemed to "disappear" from the Anglo-American academia of literary study
in the 1960s and 1970s, and until toward the end of 1980s did it reemerge.
But this means that if we are interested in a literary critical concept of Jewish identity, as I would imagine scholars who take a professional interest in Jewish literature likely are (here's where my score-settling comes into play, incidentally, as I think it's where this reviewer was being reductive--or actually reactionary), then we need to admit that the field of Jewish American literary study
exists in the first place, at least partly, but undeniably, because of the disciplinary practice(s) by which we treat literature as "Jewish"--I'm not sure why or how else we'd maintain the field.
In Critical Terms for Literary Study
, Lee Patterson points out the often-unrecognized ambiguity of the term "literary history.
For, as Berube gravely declares, "Institutionalized literary study
, as an academic subject and as a profession, simply will not exist very much longer if it does not demarcate, for its potential clients, its domain and procedures, however loosely these might be defined" (1998, 159).
An inclination to gloss over or deemphasize these difficulties in undergraduate courses may reflect a well-intentioned attempt to render literary study
less intimidating in order to offset declining enrollments in literature courses.
a professor at Pacific Lutheran University, uses the literary study
of characterization, plot, and point of view to study the stories of Hannah, Deborah, and Judah and Tamar in the Old Testament.
While not an easy read, it joins the insights of cultural and literary study
with the concerns of social and political history in a manner from which both historians of Russia and scholars more generally can learn a great deal.
The product of almost twenty years of painstaking field research and broad literary study
which thoughtfully engages nearly every significant piece of the critical response to Gaines, Voices from the Quarters is an impressive achievement which takes its place among the very finest studies of African American literature.
He combines the humanistic values of older literary analysis with the cultural-contextual emphasis of contemporary criticism to create a sane, compelling model of literary study
for the twenty-first century.
His main prescription is to attend more to the work of philosopher Donald Davidson, whose theory of meaning can be adapted easily and fruitfully to literary study
for the past ten or fifteen years intentionally or inadvertently has held texts (and implicitly authors) responsible for their representations of gender and race and their complicity in upholding class distinctions.
The separation of philosophy from literary study
has not worked to the benefit of either.
Determining how literary study
relates to the social order has occupied the best minds at least since Plato excluded poets from his ideal republic.
On National Public Radio in October 1997, literary critic Harold Bloom charged that queer studies "helped destroy literary study
in all the universities of the Western world so far as I can tell.
It is also significant that they close their introduction with the statement that |the power of literature, and of literary study
, lies in its ability to infiltrate any speech and writing, transforming what seems outside itself into something else, into its own odd being' (11).