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Pleasure and Change: The Aesthetics of Canon

Frank Kermode and Robert Alter


The question of the canon has been the subject of debate in academic circles for over fifteen years. This book contains two lectures on this important subject by the distinguished literary critic Sir Frank Kermode. In chapters that were originally delivered as Tanner Lectures at Berkeley in November of 2001, this book reinterprets the question of canon formation in light of two related and central notions: pleasure and change. It asks how aesthetic pleasure informs what we find valuable, and how this perception changes over time. The book also explores the role of chance, observing the connect ... More

Keywords: canon, canon formation, perception, chance, random circumstances

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195309355
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Kermode, author
University of Cambridge (Emeritus)

Robert Alter, editor
University of California, Berkeley

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