Pluralism as the Problematic of Contemporary Literary Theory
Seductive Reasoning takes a provocative look at contemporary Anglo-American literary theory, calling into question the critical consensus on pluralism's nature and its status in literary studies. Drawing on the insights of Marxist and feminist critical theory and on the works of Althusser, Derrida, and Foucault, Rooney reads the pluralist’s invitation to join in a "dialogue" as a seductive gesture. Critics who respond find that they must seek to persuade all of their potential readers. Rooney examines pluralism as a form of logic in the work of E. D. Hirsch, as a form of ethics for Wayne Booth, as a rhetoric of persuasion in the books of Stanley Fish. For Paul de Man, Rooney argues, pluralism was a rhetoric of tropes just as it was, for Fredric Jameson, a form of politics.
KeywordsLiterary theory; Modern philosophy: since c 1800; Literature: history and criticism
ISBN9781501707001, 9780801421921, 9781501706998, 9781501707216
PublisherCornell University Press
Publication date and placeIthaca, 2016
ImprintCornell University Press