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The Resource The power of genre, Adena Rosmarin

The power of genre, Adena Rosmarin

Label
The power of genre
Title
The power of genre
Statement of responsibility
Adena Rosmarin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Power of Genre was first published in 1986. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. The Power of Genre is a radical and systematic rethinking of the relationship between literary genre and critical explanation. Adene Rosmarin shows how traditional theories of genre-whether called "historical," "intrinsic," or "theoretical"--Are necessarily undone by their attempts to define genre representationally. Rather, Rosmarin argues, the opening premise of critical argument is always critical purpose or, as E.H. Gombrich has said, function, and the genre or "form" follows the reform. The goal is a relational model that works. Rosemarin analyzes existing theories of genre - those of Hirsch, Crane, Frye, Todorov, Jauss, and Rader are given particular attention-before proposing her own. These analyses uncover the illogic that plagues even sophisticated attempts to treat genre as a preexistent entity. Rosmarin shows how defining genre pragmatically - as explicitly chosen or devised to serve explicitly critical purposes - solves this problem: a pragmatic theory of genre builds analysis of its metaphors and motives into its program, thereby eliminating theory's traditional need to deny the invented and rhetorical nature of its schemes. A pragmatic theory, however, must be tested not only by its internal cohesion but also by its power to enable practice, and Rosmarin chooses the dramatic monologue, an infamously problematic genre, and its recent relative, the mask lyric, as testing grounds. Both genres-variously exemplified by poems of Browning, Thennyson, Eliot, and Pound-are ex post facto critical constructs that, when defined as such, make closely reasoned sense not only of particular poems but also of their perplexed interpretive histories. Moreover, both genres dwell on the historicity, textuality, and redemptive imperfection of the speaking self. This generic obsession ties the poems to their reception and, finally, to the openended, processes of hermeneutic question-and-answer stressed in Rosmarin's framing theory
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
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Rosmarin, Adena
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literary form
  • Poetics
  • Monologue
  • Lyric poetry
  • English poetry
  • American poetry
  • English-speaking countries
  • Genres littéraires
  • Poétique
  • Monologue
  • Poésie lyrique
  • Poésie anglaise
  • Poésie américaine
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • American poetry
  • English poetry
  • Intellectual life
  • Literary form
  • Lyric poetry
  • Monologue
  • Poetics
  • English-speaking countries
  • Literaire genres
Label
The power of genre, Adena Rosmarin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface; A Theoretical Introduction; Chapter 1. Defining a Theory of Genre; Chapter 2. The Dramatic Monologue; Chapter 3. The Mask Lyric; Epilogue; Notes; Index
Control code
ocn230205417
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 199 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780816655687
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/cttbm82d
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)230205417
Label
The power of genre, Adena Rosmarin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface; A Theoretical Introduction; Chapter 1. Defining a Theory of Genre; Chapter 2. The Dramatic Monologue; Chapter 3. The Mask Lyric; Epilogue; Notes; Index
Control code
ocn230205417
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 199 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780816655687
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/cttbm82d
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)230205417

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