Theory Now and Then

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Duke University Press, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 405 pages
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Theory Now and Then contains the more overtly theoretical essays by J. Hillis Miller published between 1966 and 1989. These essays trace the trajectory of theory over the last thirty years in the United States: from the “Continental Shift” announced in the Yale Colloquium of 1965, through Miller’s assimilation of the work of the Geneva Critics, to the shift to that “deconstruction in America” in which Miller played a conspicuous role.
Included here are review essays on other theorists’ work: the Geneva Circle including Georges Poulet; Joseph Riddel, Edward Said, Meyer Abrams; and the critics of the “Yale School,” such as Jacques Derrida and others, Paul De Man, Geoffrey Hartman, and Harold Bloom, with whom Miller was associated. Exemplary readings of the theorists themselves, and of texts by Milton, Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, George Eliot, Nietzsche, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams punctuate these essays.

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Contents

the criticism of Marcel
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Georges Poulets Criticism
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Literature and religion
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J. Hillis Miller, Jr. (born March 5, 1928) is an American literary critic. He was born in Newport News, Virginia and graduated from Oberlin College. He also went on to earn a master's degree from Harvard University. From 1952 to 1972, Miller taught at Johns Hopkins University. Miller's works include The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers; The Form of Victorian Fiction: Thackeray, Dickens, Trollope, George Eliot, Meredith, and Hardy; Versions of Pygmalion; Hawthorne & History: Defacing It; Literature as Conduct: Speech Acts in Henry James; The Conflagration of Community: Fiction Before and After Auschwitz, and Reading for Our Time: Adam Bede and Middlemarch Revisited.

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