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Hermeneutic Desire and Critical Rewriting: Narrative by M. Cornis-Pope

By M. Cornis-Pope

Ranging from a finished exam of present poststructuralist and sociosemiotic theories of narrative, this ebook formulates an interactive version of literary interpretation and pedagogy emphasising procedure, serious self-awareness and techniques of rereading/rewriting. A literary pedagogy premised at the proposal of 'rewriting', the writer argues, will let readers to event the method of narrative and important development creatively.

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Critical understanding is achieved in a process of 'cognitive stereoscopy', as each student confronts his or her textual experience with 'two or more perspectives at once'/26 but also in a slow playing out of the process of critical articulation, that allows understanding to become self-understanding. In de Man's words, 'to understand something is to realise that one had always known it, but, at the same time, to face the mystery of this knowledge. Understanding can be called complete only when it becomes aware of its own temporal predicament and realises that the horizon within which totalisation can take place is time itself.

Both in their theoretical engagement with questions of gender and cultural representation, and in their practical emphasis on forms of popular culture (film, in particular), feminist or Marxian analysis has at times treated literature as little more than an ideological apparatus for conveying straightforward, manipulative On Rereading/Rewriting Narratives 39 messages. 119 This move from interpretation to 'comparative and historical analyses of sex/gender ideas', both radicalises the critical perspective and narrows the scope of reading, reducing criticism to a study of the sex/gender ideologies that circulate through literature.

117 The opposite alternative, which calls for a disengagement of feminism from Western critical traditions, because they carry in them 'the masculinist idea of man as self, or normative, and woman as other, or deviant', 118 has not been more successful. This segregational attitude has led to the scrapping of important philosophic-critical questions concerning interpretation as 'alien' to feminist theoretisations (see chapter 4). Somewhat problematic is also the position occupied by literary interpretation in some of the current feminist or sociocultural elaborations.

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