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Reconstruction in Literary Studies

An Informalist Approach

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Bryan Vescio
      Pages 1-18
  3. Informalism vs. Formalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Bryan Vescio
      Pages 21-48
    3. Bryan Vescio
      Pages 49-73
    4. Bryan Vescio
      Pages 75-105
  4. Informalism vs. Antiformalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Bryan Vescio
      Pages 109-142
    3. Bryan Vescio
      Pages 143-177
  5. Conclusion

    1. Bryan Vescio
      Pages 179-203
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-251

About this book


Pointing the way toward a revitalized future for the study of literature, Reconstruction in Literary Studies draws on philosophical pragmatism to justify the academic study of literature. In turn, Vescio connects the changing field to its social function as an institution.


aesthetics culture literary studies transcendental philosophy

About the authors

Bryan Vescio is Associate Professor of English and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, USA.

Bibliographic information


"A clear, fair-minded, lively, and above all persuasive attempt to reinvent criticism. A splendid book." - Mark Edmundson, University Professor of English, University of Virginia, USA

'A concise and clear writer, Vescio explores an urgent topic for us in the humanities, especially in the literary humanities: it is the loss of confidence that we have experienced in recent years. Complex and multifarious as its theoretical concerns may be, this book could be read and understood by an intelligent undergraduate while retaining an importance for even the most senior of scholars.' - David Gorman, Associate Professor of English, Northern Illinois University, USA