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The Power of Tautology: The Roots of Literary Theory

Thiher, Allen

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ISBN 10: 0838637523 / ISBN 13: 9780838637524
Published by Associated University Press, Cranbury, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1997
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Title: The Power of Tautology: The Roots of ...

Publisher: Associated University Press, Cranbury, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Much literary theory is based on tautological reasoning, and circular definitions are often the springboard to theorizing about causal connections. Five chapters of this book pursue this argument by studying dominant theoretical models. The culminating point of theorizing through tautologies is reached finally in the poststructuralist theories of Lacan and Derrida, antitheoretical theorists who define literature as the play of linguistic difference.

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