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Textual Interpretation and Historical Description

Textual Interpretation and Historical Description

Chapter:
(p.337) Interchapter Two Textual Interpretation and Historical Description
Source:
Genres of the Credit Economy
Author(s):
Mary Poovey
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675213.003.0009

This interchapter continues the discussion of reading, focusing on the ways that contemporary literary critics' treatments of texts differ so radically from the way readers not disciplined by graduate training read. It engages one variant of professional literary reading/writing—which is sometimes called New Historicism, sometimes called discourse analysis—in order to explore some of the problems that arise when even expert readers try to use the textual interpretations such theoretically sophisticated practices yield to generate historical narratives.

Keywords:   reading, literary critics, literary texts, literary writing, New Historicism, discourse analysis

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