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Interpretation: An Essay in the Philosophy of Literary Criticism

by Peter Juhl Princeton Legacy Library
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This book provides and defends an analysis of our concept of the meaning of a literary work. P. D. Juhl challenges a number of widely held views concerning the role of an author's intention: the distinction between the real and the implied' author; and the question of whether a work has not one correct, but many acceptable interpretations. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

  • FrontMatter, pg. i
  • CONTENTS, pg. v
  • PREFACE, pg. ix
  • I. Introduction, pg. 1
  • II. The Theory of E. D. Hirsch, pg. 16
  • III. Is Evidence of the Author's Intention Irrelevant?, pg. 45
  • IV. The Appeal to the Text: What Are We Appealing to?, pg. 66
  • V. Context and the Rules of the Language, pg. 90
  • VI. Aesthetic Arguments and Other Aspects of Critical Practice, pg. 114
  • VII. Life, Literature, and the Implied Author : Can (Fictional) Literary Works Make Truth-Claims?, pg. 153
  • VIII. Does a Literary Work Have One and ONLY ONE CORRECT INTERPRETATION?, pg. 196
  • APPENDIX. The Doctrine of Verstehen and the OBJECTIVITY OF LITERARY INTERPRETATIONS, pg. 239
  • Bibliography, pg. 301
  • Index, pg. 323