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The Work of Literature

Derek Attridge


What is distinctive about the cultural practice called ‘literature’? How does it benefit individuals and society? How do literary works retain their importance and capacity to give pleasure over centuries? What constitutes responsible criticism? These are some of the questions addressed in this book, which develops the arguments in an earlier text The Singularity of Literature. Beginning with an extended cross-examination in interview form addressing a range of topics relating to the work of literature (understood both as the activity of the writer and as the text itself) and the practices of ... More

Keywords: literature, literary theory, invention, context, singularity, affect, otherness, responsibility, metaphor, criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198733195
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Attridge, author
Professor of English, University of York