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Theory of the Lyric
Author: Jonathan Culler

ISBN: 9780674744264
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 401
Published: 17 May 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.0 x 3.6
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What sort of thing is a lyric poem? An intense expression of subjective experience? The fictive speech of a specifiable persona?Theory of the Lyric reveals the limitations of these two conceptions of the lyric-the older Romantic model and the modern conception that has come to dominate the study of poetry-both of which neglect what is most striking and compelling in the lyric and falsify the long and rich tradition of the lyric in the West. Jonathan Culler explores alternative conceptions offered by this tradition, such as public discourse made authoritative by its rhythmical structures, and he constructs a more capacious model of the lyric that will help readers appreciate its range of possibilities.



Theory of the Lyric constitutes a major advance in our understanding of the Western lyric tradition. Examining ancient as well as modern poems, from Sappho to Ashbery, in many European languages, Culler underscores lyric's surprising continuities across centuries of change-its rhythmical resources, its strange modes of address, its use of the present tense, a...

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