William Elford Rogers proposes a genre-theory that will clarify what we mean when we speak of literary works as dramatic, epic, or lyric. Focusing on lyric poetry, this book maintains that the broad genre-concepts need not be discarded but can be preserved by a new interpretive model that gives us conceptual knowledge not about works but about interpretation.
Originally published in 1983.
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Table of Contents:
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- Acknowledgments, pg. v
- Table of Contents, pg. ix
- Introduction, pg. 1
- CHAPTER Ι. Lyric, Epic, Dramatic: Genres as Interpretive Models, pg. 9
- CHAPTER II. The Anomalous Voice and the Impersonal Lyric, pg. 77
- CHAPTER III. Standards of Interpretation and Evaluation, pg. 121
- CHAPTER IV. Gestures Toward a Literary History of Lyric, pg. 176
- Index, pg. 271