Directions in empirical literary studies : in honor of by Willie van Peer; Sonia Zyngier; et al

By Willie van Peer; Sonia Zyngier; et al

Instructions in Empirical Literary reviews is at the leading edge of empirical stories and is a miles wanted quantity. It either widens the scope of empirical reports and appears at them from an intercultural point of view through bringing jointly popular students from the fields of philosophy, sociology, psychology, linguistics and literature, all targeting how empirical experiences have impacted those various parts. Theoretical Read more...

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Geoff Hall 1. Introduction The strength of experimentalist research is that it can give us clear answers to clear questions. The downside is that this clarity is sometimes achieved at the cost of simplifying the phenomena under investigation so far that doubts arise as to the utility of the findings. In what follows I illustrate those perhaps platitudinous observations with specific reference to some interesting recent published research into readers’ processing of free indirect discourse, but also wish to raise the question of whether the weaknesses I perceive cannot be more widely found across other experimentalist empirical research on literature reading.

In an earlier essay that became the title piece of his controversial book There’s No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It’s a Good Thing, Too (Fish 1994), Fish took up Constitutional law, proposing that the United States abandon Constitutional guarantees of free speech that have been elaborated in . I should say, the excellent Miltonist Stanley Fish, the best Miltonist of our – or perhaps any – generation. As will become apparent in what follows, however, I find less agreeable Fish’s work on theory and on law.

Donald C. Freeman approaches to literature, the European poetics descended from the Prague School and Russian Formalism, the growing body of research in cognitive metaphor, and enough non-specialist knowledge of contemporary linguistics to do work in these fields. With the New Philology as a basis, scholars and critics of literature and the language of literature can begin restoring literary study to the standing that it once enjoyed and continues to deserve. In its contemporary form, “theory” began in my country (the United States) when a French import solidified its presence on these shores.

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