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Speculative Formalism
Speculative Formalism
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About the Book

Speculative Formalism engages decisively in recent debates in the literary humanities around form and formalism, making the case for a new, nonmimetic and antihistoricist theory of literary reference. Where formalism has often been accused of sealing texts within themselves, Eyers demonstrates instead how a renewed, speculative formalism can illuminate the particular ways in which literature actively opens onto history, politics, and nature, in a connective movement that puts formal impasses to creative use.

Through a combination of philosophical reflection and close rhetorical readings, Eyers explores the possibilities and limits of deconstructive approaches to the literary, the impact of the "digital humanities" on theory, and the prospects for a formalist approach to "world literature." The book includes sustained close readings of Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Yeats, and Wallace Stevens, as well as Alain Badiou, Paul de Man, and Fredric Jameson.

About the Author: TOM EYERS is an assistant professor of philosophy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780810134317
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publisher Imprint: Northwestern University Press
  • Height: 231 mm
  • No of Pages: 256
  • Series Title: Diaeresis
  • Sub Title: Literature, Theory, and the Critical Present
  • Width: 152 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0810134314
  • Publisher Date: 15 Mar 2017
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 20 mm
  • Weight: 498 gr


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