A Theory of Literary Production

A Theory of Literary Production⚦ [PDF] ✎ A Theory of Literary Production By Pierre Macherey ✶ – Tbjewellers.co.uk Who is important the reader, or the writer Originally published in French in , Pierre Macherey s first and most famous work, A Theory of Literary Production dared to challenge perceived wisdom, and qu Who is of Literary MOBI ð important the reader, or the writer originally published in French in , Pierre Macherey s first and most famous work, A Theory of Literary Production dared to challenge perceived wisdom, and quickly A Theory PDF or established him as a pivotal figure in literary theory In this provocative work, Macherey puts the focus as much on the reader as the writer, stating that the very act of reading is a form Theory of Literary Kindle Õ of production in its own right, generating interpretation and meanings which are beyond the control of the author Part of the birth of a whole new branch of post structuralist theory, Macherey s work also influenced a new generation of critics among them Jacques Derrida, his contemporary, and Terry Eagleton His ideas have also led some observers to claim that he announced the death of the author fully two years before Roland Barthes famous essayThe reissue of this work as a Routledge Classic brings some radical ideas to a new audience, and argues persuasively for a totally new way of reading As such, it is an essential work for anyone interested in the development of literary theory.

Pierre Macherey of Literary MOBI ð is a French Marxist literary critic at the University of Lille Nord de France A former student of Louis Althusser and collaborator on the influential volume Reading Capital, Macherey is a central A Theory PDF or figure in the development of French post structuralism and Marxism His work is influential in literary theory and Continental philosophy in Europe including Britain though it is generally little read in the United States.

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    PDF Reader for the Connected World form Theory of Literary Kindle Õ of production in its own right, generating interpretation and meanings which are beyond the control of the author Part of the birth of a whole new branch of post structuralist theory, Macherey s work also influenced a new generation of critics among them Jacques Derrida, his contemporary, and Terry Eagleton His ideas have also led some observers to claim that he announced the death of the author fully two years before Roland Barthes famous essayThe reissue of this work as a Routledge Classic brings some radical ideas to a new audience, and argues persuasively for a totally new way of reading As such, it is an essential work for anyone interested in the development of literary theory."/>
  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • A Theory of Literary Production
  • Pierre Macherey
  • English
  • 23 October 2019
  • 0415378494

10 thoughts on “A Theory of Literary Production

  1. says:

    This is the second time that I have read through this text, and still find it somewhat strangely constructed Macherey argues that we need to break out of a set of habits that have made previous efforts of literary criticism a art rather than a science These approaches have looked at the novel as an object to be consumed, and by token, a unitary object or a failed unitary object, rather than examining the processes of literary production He includes the structuralist method in this camp Inste This is the second time that I have read through this text, and still find it somewhat strangely constructed Macherey argues that we need to break out of a set of habits that have made previous efforts of literary criticism a art rather than a science These approaches have looked at the novel as an object to be consumed, and by token, a unitary object or a failed unitary object, rather than examining the processes of literary production He includes the structuralist method in this camp Instead, he proposes that the text be understood in its multiplicity, in its literary engagement with the ideological material of its time leading to a text that is understood through its gaps, lacunae, etc the Freudian influence should be evident here He does this by combining a number of articles produced around the time, beginning with a critique of earlier approaches literary criticism, and then moves into earlier articles on Lenin s reading of Tolstoy, and Macherey s own critique of structuralism which recapitulates a lot of the earlier chapters in a shorter andfocused manner It could have easily opened the text as an introduction It then moves into a set of interesting readings of Verne, Borges, and Balzac However, there is quite a bit of repetition similar to the early work of Althusser, along with a number of enigmatic moments that make me feel like I need a third reading

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    Aye, aye, aye the condition is the principle necessary for the process i.e., the creation of a question The condition is a theoretical object Before we can discuss the production of a literary text, we must look at the conditions that give rise to it, I guess One crucial aspect at the incipit of a text, Macherey argues, is LABOUR The author is not a creator because he is one who reassembles The endless seriphs and signs that turn into texts exist like elements, which the author combin Aye, aye, aye the condition is the principle necessary for the process i.e., the creation of a question The condition is a theoretical object Before we can discuss the production of a literary text, we must look at the conditions that give rise to it, I guess One crucial aspect at the incipit of a text, Macherey argues, is LABOUR The author is not a creator because he is one who reassembles The endless seriphs and signs that turn into texts exist like elements, which the author combines An author is noa creator than a pianist is a piano maker.Another careful observation made by Macherey when thought is reduced to art, it is stripped of history Criticism distilled to technique is a universal function Criticism should not be an art, but it is not a science Science is empirical, but literary discourse avoids the rigorous nature of science whose subject matter is defined by strictness and coherence The Hegelian interpretation of the historical process confuses history and theory, which makes theorising empirical.Laying groundwork about the investigative ethics if ethics is the right word , Macherey turns his eye toward what can be said definitively the only empiricism in literary theory about fiction it has its beginning and its end, or envers endroits The detective story, he writes, is a useful metaphor for Spinoza s cause and effect to solve the mystery of a detective novel, we may be tempted to flip through the mystery itself to find the answer waiting on the last page The reveal, in this instance, is insouciant In itself, it is meaningless only by reading from the envers, passing through the production of plot, does the endroits the unmasking of the culprit gain any value or meaning The solution of a mystery does not explain the causes of the mystery in the first place.Thus, methodology and object are mutually determining the method is necessary to construe any object, and the authority of the method is derived from the existence of the object One depends upon, and changes with, the other as pole and antipode on a revolving product For this reason, Macherey continues, the critic may well believe s he has a relationship with the author, or perhaps in the author s eyes is necessary Without the charged reader, the text is produced as a dead battery And so, criticism which treats art as something to consume as opposed to something with which we must be engaged falls into the empiricist fallacy.Macherey pivots at this point toward Poe s idea of poetic genesis the author makes his her beginning with an end in mind By having one s end in sight, the author can move and pivot with calculated, conductor like purpose Readers, then, can read beyond the surface of a text trying to uncover the author s unspoken intentions Here Macherey might suggest that we read in a writerly way to adapt the phrase from Roland Barthes The term writerly, however, would not apply in Barthes sense, since Macherey states explicitly that even the straightforward novel has chthonic currents that resist a linear narrative All that is linear in a text is the pole and antipole Whatever happens in between is suspect Macherey s ideal reader is always looking for a writer s motives, trying to anticipate the trajectory s he will take Behind the scenes of the straightforward, surface level text, we find the swirling forces nebulous impulses that are music like in their primitive and languageless nature that lead to the controlled drama of genesis If ideas do not survive without context, and if a reader is crucial for the writer, then Macherey sees a neoclassical view of the critic wherein the commentary exists equally with the text Criticism is not a judgment of good or bad The work is determined it is itself and nothing else Here we have the beginnings of a rational method Our discourse can bethan just a commentary because there is nothing that can be altered in the discourse of the work Thus stabilised, if not, as we shall see, immobilised, the literary work becomes a theoretical object 40 One thinks of medieval history, folklore, etc They become theoretical objects The real about which we read last week is formulated in the discourse of work and always arbitrary because it depends entirely on the unfolding of this discourse between beginning and end, author and reader p 37.Throughout Macherey s production, he returns repeatedly to the question of whether any text can be an island unto itself Balzac, when he writes of Paris, is writing about Balzac s Paris, but he knows we can populate it with our Paris They are not the same, and the text relies on our world Tolstoy s Napoleon, likewise, exists in a world where language has freedom to do what it wants without being held to our own world In short, a book never arrives unaccompanied it is a figure against a background of other formations, depending on them rather than contrasting with them 53 The text is understood both through what it presents to us, as well as what it excludes Gaps and lacunae are found and, using the zeitgeist of the text s creation, we can help produce a text Production of literature exists in the significant ways an author alludes to our world while creating his her own The text, remember, is a background against other formations The text is dependent on the world beyond it, and so the critic reader is necessary This is the literary space 62 It is the scene of mystification The writer sends empty messages, or rather coded messages We reveal the truth of the absence The author creates with labour We, the critic, have the labour of elaboration 62.Criticism is the act of reading beyond the surface it is the reader s effort to get beyond the narrative between ends and understand that poetic genesis discussed above The keystone, I think, of literary production for Macherey is absense, which lets a text maintain independence from a structure As stated above, Balzac s Paris is not the real Paris, but depends upon our understanding of Paris.Using this method of literary production, obviously, creates a problem for any text which claims to be authoritative, since no book is its own arbiter Can a text exist outside of the structure of a sign, a signifier, and what it signifies If not, no text is authoritative or true The Bible must exist outside of the Structuralist s dilemma if it is to be authoritative Macherey works with three uses of language illusion, fiction, theory the problem I found, though, is what I perceived to be his obsession with objectivism or, maybe it s better to say that he wants desperately for there to be an anchoring point outside of the Symbolist structure I m told Derrida was keen on Macherey before going down the SSP edgelord freeway After 200 pages, one suspects Macherey wants his cake to eat and etc By the end of the book, it s very clear he s taking all of Symbolism while stepping outside of it, proposing no clear solution Surely, it ain t easy to come up with a sweeping, laconic essay that can dismantle Symbolist thought which I still find attractive , while nevertheless clinging to its most clarion principles Reading half of a century later, the answers to these stupid questions all seem much clearer, but that s because we re looking backward, obviously For Macherey, he was putting his cigarettes out on the glass ceiling of Symbolism A worn out cathedral with a frivolous confession booth Yes Yes, yes yes yes, yes, yes, yes.Truth fits uncomfortably in all three categories of lit for Macky Where does this leave history and its pursuit of the real Language precedes the world, constructing it according to its own rules of signification fine But, language also precedes the text, and labour precedes the language text, and genesis precedes its own utterance The book of Genesis, in fact yeah, even the first axiom of the Book of John must all be preceded by genesis If in the beginning was the word, then the big bang of thought was already permeated by Macherey s three uses of language illusion, fiction, theory Where then is room for authority He doesn t address this, but he claims it Where is room for the existence of a word outside of interpretation When Roland Barthes declares all authors dead, we might hear from the past the echoing words of 19th century socialism and Louis Auguste Blanqui Ni dieu ni ma tre I don t think Macherey would agree, even if his book argues for just that pornhub link

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    Macherey in Murat Belge ve Birikim ekibi taraf ndan hangi ideolojik saiklerle T rkiye solunun g ndemine sokulmaya al lmas bir yana, Edeb retim Teorisi nin Marksist edebiyat ele tirisi gelene ine de erli katk lar yapt bir ger ek zne yap aras ndaki gerilim e yap ya ubuk b kerek ve styap sal alanlar n retim ve yeniden retim mekanizmalar na g reli bir zerklik atfederek Ortodoks gelenekten ayr l yor Macherey Buna kar n, Jules Verne zerine olan b l m ok de erli keza Balzac n Macherey in Murat Belge ve Birikim ekibi taraf ndan hangi ideolojik saiklerle T rkiye solunun g ndemine sokulmaya al lmas bir yana, Edeb retim Teorisi nin Marksist edebiyat ele tirisi gelene ine de erli katk lar yapt bir ger ek zne yap aras ndaki gerilim e yap ya ubuk b kerek ve styap sal alanlar n retim ve yeniden retim mekanizmalar na g reli bir zerklik atfederek Ortodoks gelenekten ayr l yor Macherey Buna kar n, Jules Verne zerine olan b l m ok de erli keza Balzac n K yl ler i zerine yazd klar da Postyap salc lar n metnin anlam n yok sayan, yerle bir eden ve anlams zl y celten kanonuna kar tutunabilecek pek ok noktas var Macherey in

  4. says:

    a great leap forward in an understanding of literature away from reified notions of art and towards ascientific consideration of literary production

  5. says:

    how could i read this book

  6. says:

    althusserianism on crack rock has some analogues to reception theory, which is cool.

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