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A Theory of Literature

Nicholas Royle

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Reflects on the figure of veering to form a new theory of literature

Contrary to a widespread sense that literature has become increasingly irrelevant to our culture and everyday life, Royle brilliantly traces a strangely compelling 'literary turn'. Starting with an 'Advertisement' (which literally, of course, means a 'turning towards') like an 18th-century novel, he explores images of swerving, loss of control, digressing and deviating to form this new theory of literature.

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Series Editor's Preface
1. Casting Off
2. Reading a Novel
3. Reading a Poem
4. Drama: An Aside
5. The Essay: A Note (On Being Late)
6. On Critical and Creative Writing
7. The Literary Turn
8. Veerer: Where Ghosts Live
9. Veerer: Reading Melville's 'Bartleby'
10. A Small Case of Civil Disobedience
11. Veering with Lawrence
Appendix: A Note on Nodism

About the Author

Nicholas Royle is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. He is the author of many acclaimed books, including Telepathy and Literature (1991), The Uncanny (2003), In Memory of Jacques Derrida (2009) and (with Andrew Bennett) the influential textbook, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (4th edition, 2009). He also writes fiction and has recently published his first novel, Quilt (2010).

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