The Structure of Literary Understanding (Paperback)

Author: Olsen, Stein H.

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How does a reader respond to a work of literature and how does he begin to evaluate it? Mr Olsen attempts to answer these and related questions. The book is in two parts. In the first three chapters, the author demolishes established theories that literature has a special language, provides a heightened insight into truth and has emotion as its prime currency. In the remaining chapters Mr Olsen constructs and fully illustrates the theory that understanding of a work of literature comes in two complementary stages: first, judgements about the authors aesthetic intentions (interpretation); second, appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of the work (evaluation). At the end of his argument, attempting an answer to the question Why is literature important?, Mr Olsen characterizes literature as an institution and thus forges links with contemporary philosophy which sees all human action as ordered and defined by social institutions. *Author: Olsen, Stein H./ Olsen, Stein Haugom *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 248 *Publication Date: 1985/02/22 *Language: English *Dimensions: 5.51 x 8.50 x 0.56 inches

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Publisher Cambridge University Press
Mfg Part# 9780521316316
SKU 208444685
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521316316
Release Date 7/15/2008
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Editors Note How does a reader respond to a work of literature and how does he begin to evaluate it? Mr Olsen attempts to answer these and related questions. The book is in two parts. In the first three chapters, the author demolishes established theories that literature has a special language, provides a heightened insight into 'truth' and has emotion as its prime currency. In the remaining chapters Mr Olsen constructs and fully illustrates the theory that understanding of a work of literature comes in two complementary stages: first, judgements about the author's aesthetic intentions (interpretation); second, appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of the work (evaluation). At the end of his argument, attempting an answer to the question 'Why is literature important?', Mr Olsen characterizes literature as an institution and thus forges links with contemporary philosophy which sees all human action as ordered and defined by social institutions.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0248
Publisher Cambridge University Press

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