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Dino Felluga

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Introductory Guide to Theory

by Dino Felluga

Introductory Guide to Theory: I began creating this web site in 2001; it now averages approximately one million page views per year. The Guide to Theory is a resource for the teaching and learning of critical theory, including sections on Postmodernism, Psychoanalysis, Narratology, Marxism, New Historicism, and Theories of Gender and Sex. I am currently working to create a paper-based version of the site. Click here to read Elaine Showalter's discussion of my web material. --Dino Felluga via http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~felluga/ [Oct 2005]

See also: theory - critical theory - USA

General Introduction to Narratology

NARRATOLOGY EXAMINES THE WAYS that narrative structures our perception of both cultural artifacts and the world around us. The study of narrative is particularly important since our ordering of time and space in narrative forms constitutes one of the primary ways we construct meaning in general. As Hayden White puts it, "far from being one code among many that a culture may utilize for endowing experience with meaning, narrative is a meta-code, a human universal on the basis of which transcultural messages about the nature of a shared reality can be transmitted" . Given the prevalence and importance of narrative media in our lives (television, film, fiction), narratology is also a useful foundation to have before one begins analyzing popular culture. The pages in the narratology site therefore attempt to introduce important theorists of narrative and the basic terms needed to explain both fiction and film. --Dino Felluga via http://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/engl/theory/narratology/modules/introduction.html [Oct 2005]

Dino Felluga further identifies the "players" in this field as Peter Brooks, Roland Barthes (S/Z) and Algirdas Greimas and Fredric Jameson. [Oct 2005]

The Perversity of Poetry: Romantic Ideology and the Popular Male Poet of Genius (2005) - Dino Franco Felluga

The Perversity of Poetry: Romantic Ideology and the Popular Male Poet of Genius (2005) - Dino Franco Felluga [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Book Description
Once the dominant literary form, poetry was gradually eclipsed by the realist novel; indeed, by 1940 W. H. Auden was able to note, "Poetry makes nothing happen." In The Perversity of Poetry, Dino Franco Felluga explores the cultural background of poetry's marginalization by examining nineteenth-century reactions to Romantic poetry and ideology. Focusing on the work of Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron, as well as periodical reviews, student manuals, and contemporary medical journals, the book details the period's two contending (and equally outrageous) claims regarding poetry. Scott's poetry, on the one hand, was continually represented as a panacea for a modern world overtaken by new principles of utilitarianism, capitalism, industrialism, and democracy. Byron's, by contrast, was represented either as a cancer in the heart of the social order or as a contagious pandemic leading to various pathological symptoms. The book concludes with a coda on Alfred Lord Tennyson, which illustrates how the Victorian reception of Scott and Byron affected the most popular poetic genius of midcentury. Ultimately, The Perversity of Poetry uncovers how the shift to a rhetoric of health allowed critics to oppose what they perceived as a potent and potentially dangerous influence on the age, the very thing that would over the course of the century be marginalized into such obscurity: poetry, thanks to its perverse insistence on making something happen.

From the Publisher
Explains why poetry gave way to the realist novel as the dominant literary form in nineteenth-century England.

Dino Franco Felluga is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University

See also: critical theory - perversion - poetry - novel - genius - romanticism - USA

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