Going Home Through Seven Paths to Nowhere: Reading Short Stories by Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, and James
Akademiai Kiado, 2003 - 177 pagina's
This book is one of those rare combinations of intellectual brilliance, stylistic clarity, and sheer verve. The book contains a series of major works of American short fiction by Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Henry James as occasions for a mode of reading in which the readers aim is to establish an intimate relationship with the special arrangement of words in a text, governed by a trust in a happy coincidence of moments in which one might recognize the words relevance to ones life. Dr. Kllay calls this a good encounter, a term she adopts from the writings of philosopher Stanley Cavell. In her detailed, theoretical introduction, Dr. Kllay lays bare her scholarly debt, primarily to the writings of Cavell himself and to the work of literary critic Wolfgang Iser, as she further develops and clarifies the idea of the good encounter. Here she identifies the good encounter with a particular trope, which appears within the tales themselves, and which also
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