Literary Theory:Some Traces in the Wake

  • 作者 / 董崇選
  • 出版社 / 秀威出版(秀威資訊)
  • 出版日期 / 2007-12
  • ISBN / 9789866732256
  • 定價 / NT$ 320
  • 優惠價 / NT$ 224 (優惠期限至2024/02/28)
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Here is a collection of fifteen papers bearing on some interesting issues or problems that a modern literary scholar may have often thought of. In this book, you will find critical, and often original, ideas about such things as modernism, postmodernism, wit, imagination, literariness, originality, and genre classification. You can consider, along with the author, such topics as the intentional fallacy, the circle of textualization, the linguistic spaces of poetry, the method of comparative literature, the death of the author, the concepts of work, text, and discourse, the reconciliation of mimetic and expressive theories, and the analogy between biotechnology and creative writing. These traces in the wake of literary theory can be very awakening and rewarding.


Alexander C. H. Tung is currently a professor of English at National Chung Hsing University and Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan. He is also the establisher and maintainer of the much-visited DGD English-Learning Website ( He has published quite a number of academic and creative works in English or in Chinese.


Preface i
On “Modernism” as a Literary Term 1
The Value of Genre Classification 19
On the Originality of Literary Works 29
The Magic Mirror with a Magic Lamp: Towards a Reconciliation
of Mimetic and Expressive Theories of Literature 41
When Comparative Literature Ceases to Compare 55
The Nature and the Locus of “Literariness” 71
The Dichotomy of Imagination 85
“The Intentional Fallacy” Reconsidered 93
The Circle of Textualization 109
The Four Linguistic Spaces of Poetry 143
Ⅰ. Poetry and Verbalization 143
Ⅱ. The Art of Poetry 145
Ⅲ. The Four Linguistic Spaces 147
Ⅳ. Linguistics and Poetics 156
Work, Text, Discourse: Literary Problems, Old and New 161
Is the Author “Dead” Already? 177
Ⅰ. The Rhetorical Nature of Theory and Criticism 177
Ⅱ. The Historical Statuses of the Author in the West 178
Ⅲ. The Author Facing Our Contemporary Theories 184
Ⅵ. Is the Author “Dead” Already? 189
From Romantic Movement to Postmodern Style:
A Reflection on Our Fin-de-Siècle Art of Literature 193
I. A Dualistic History 193
II. The Classic/Romantic Contrast 194
III. The Modernist /Postmodernist Dichotomy 197
IV. From Romantic Movement to Postmodern Style 200
V. The Fin-de-Siècle Reflection 204
VI. The End 222
The Augustan “Wit” Re-examined 231
Biotechnology and Creative Writing 249
Life Science 249
Organic Form 250
The Text 251
The Code 255
The System 257
The End 258


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