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The singularity of literature

The singularity of literature

Attridge, Derek

What is literature? The author argues that, because of the impossiblity of definition, we can start afresh to explore its workings and rethink many aspects of literature that have been taken for granted

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2004
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Statement of responsibility: Derek Attridge
ISBN: 0415335922, 0415335930, 9780415335928, 9780415335935
Physical Description: 224 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Literature Philosophy.; Literature; Critical theory; Literary criticism; Literary appreciation

Author note

Derek Attridge is Professor of English at the University of York and author of acclaimed works on poetry, fiction and literary theory.


'The clarity and imagination with which the argument is presented make this book capable of reinvigorating the debate about literary form in English study at many levels.'Oxford Literary Review

'Attridge builds a powerful account of literature and an original account of the relation of literature to ethics. Written accessibly and without jargon, this book will excite old and new readers alike.' -Simon Critchley, New School University, New York, and the University of Essex

'[A] singular achievement in pushing the challenge of literature to the top of the agenda and opening the objectives of the discipline to debate.'- Kiernan Ryan, Literature and Poetry

'[This is] a very intelligent book, highly accessible.'- ZAA