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Theoretical Inquiry: Language, Linguistics, and Literature

Austin E. Quigley


In the aftermath of debate about the death of literary theory, this book asks whether theory has failed us or we have failed literary theory. Theory can thrive, the book argues, only if we understand how it can be strategically deployed to reveal what it does not presuppose. This involves the repositioning of theoretical inquiry relative to historical and critical inquiry and the repositioning of theories relative to each other. What follows is a reexamination of the controversial claims of pluralism in literary studies. The book explores the related roles of literary history, criticism, and t ... More

Keywords: literary theory, theoretical inquiry, historical inquiry, pluralism, linguistics, canonicity, polemics, culture wars

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300101669
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300101669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Austin E. Quigley, author