REVIEW ESSAYS As he copiously acknowledges in the two introductory chapters on method, Amelang is greatly indebted throughout to theory and to literary as opposed to historical patterms ofinterpretation. Readers of TAe Comparatist will indeed recognize in Amelang's themes questions literary scholars have schooled themselves to ask Amelang takes from literary studies and from the cultural theorists on whom stuthe nature, meaning, and origins of the "modem subject" are defined. about the canonical literary and philosophical texts they normally study. The author also expresses his debt to theory's help in overcoming the naïve perspectives through which historians often view popular documents and sources--though, as Richard J. Evans reminds us in his recent In Defense ofHistory (Norton, 1999), literary scholars tend to exaggerate historians' gullibility in this respect. Still, what dents of literature draw he gives back enriched many fold. The Flight ofIcarus is an indispensable research tool that, properly used, should alter the terms in which Christopher BraiderUniversity ofColorado, Boulder plinary Interpretation. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1999. xix + 392pp. MIEKE BAL, ED. The Practice ofCultural Analysis: Exposing Interdisci- Not too long ago, a book of essays enunciating a project of cultural analysis undertaken at a single academic institution
The Comparatist – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Oct 3, 2001
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