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Book/Printed Material Intention and interpretation : a short history

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Title

  • Intention and interpretation : a short history

Summary

  • Intention plays a complex role in human utterances. The interpretation of literary texts is a strong case in point: for about two hundred years there have been conflicting views about whether, and how much, authorial intention should matter when professional readers interpret literature. These debates grew increasingly fierce during the post-World War II period, the landmarks of which were the notions of intentional fallacy and the death of the author. Seventy-odd years later, there is still no consensus in sight. What has always been neglected in the debates around authorial intention, however, is a reflection on the historical dimension of the debate and how historically bound each of the theoretical positions in the debate were. This book focusses precisely on the historical dimension of authorial intention, providing a systematic historical reconstruction of the importance ascribed to it in literary texts from Classical Greece to the present day, and including a chapter on authorial intention in jurisdiction and legal interpretation from a historical perspective. The book reconstructs a typology of the most important concepts of intention in interpretation for diachronic and synchronic use. At the same time it offers insights from a field-theoretical perspective into how literary studies as a discipline works over time and how notions of intention and interpretation help create forms of literary knowledge.

Names

  • Grüttemeier, Ralf, 1961- author

Created / Published

  • Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2022]

Headings

  • -  Authorship
  • -  Intention (Logic) in literature
  • -  Intention in literature
  • -  Literature--History and criticism--Theory, etc
  • -  Translating and interpreting
  • -  Art d'écrire
  • -  Intention (Logique) dans la littérature
  • -  Littérature--Histoire et critique--Théorie, etc
  • -  authorship
  • -  Literature--Theory, etc

Genre

  • Criticism, interpretation, etc

Notes

  • -  Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • -  Description based on print version record; resource not viewed.

Medium

  • 1 electronic resource (vi, 207 pages)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • PN49

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021758798

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  • Unrestricted online access

Online Format

  • image
  • pdf

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Chicago citation style:

Grüttemeier, Ralf, Author. Intention and Interpretation: A Short History. [Berlin ; Boston: De Gruyter, 2022] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021758798/.

APA citation style:

Grüttemeier, R. (2022) Intention and Interpretation: A Short History. [Berlin ; Boston: De Gruyter] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021758798/.

MLA citation style:

Grüttemeier, Ralf, Author. Intention and Interpretation: A Short History. [Berlin ; Boston: De Gruyter, 2022] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021758798/>.