The Stelliferous Fold: Toward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation

The Stelliferous Fold: Toward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation

The Stelliferous Fold: Toward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation

The Stelliferous Fold: Toward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation

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The essays collected in this book were written over the last three decades as a counterpoint to my philosophical work and, as part of a long-standing subgenre of my interests, are divided into three parts. Part I comprises interpretations of literary texts that, instead of bringing a ready-made critical methodology to them, try to find in each of the texts both the directives for how to approach them interpretatively and the means for accounting for their uniqueness. Part II consists of essays involved in a critical debate with certain trends in literary criticism, especially those that emerged during the 1970s and 1980s and that oppose historical interpretation to text-immanent readings, or rather to certain forms that such readings took on in the wake of the New Criticism movement as a result of the contemporary reception of French thought. Finally, in Part III I have assembled more recent work on literary texts that are primarily “thematic” in nature, singling out particular topics within literary works or in the corpus of a literary critical author in order to subject them to an in-depth analysis.

I believe that it is only appropriate to argue that all literary research that seeks to establish anything of worth about literature must justify its interpretations on the basis of a fundamental reflection on literature and poetics. At first such a reflection must address the issue of the singularity . . .

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