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Literary Invention and Literary History

26th November 2014, 17:30 to 18:30, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Professor Derek Attridge (York)

An Inventions of the Text seminar.

Derek Attridge will present a section from his forthcoming book, The Work of Literature, which is a sequel to The Singularity of Literature that expands and refines its arguments. A large part of the new book is taken up by a reconsideration of the arguments of the earlier work written in the form of an interview or cross-examination; in the seminar, he will discuss some of the key terms developed in his account of the specificity of literature as a cultural and linguistic practice (terms such as "invention", "singularity", "otherness", "performance", "idioculture" and "act-event"), and consider their possible role in understanding the apparent transcendence of historical time that literary works appear to be able to achieve.

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