Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Writing beyond the pale : literature, literary theory, and the law of genre
Authors: Callus, Ivan
Keywords: Literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Discourse analysis, Literary
Derrida, Jacques, 1930-2004 -- Criticism and interpretation
Categorization (Linguistics)
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Arts
Citation: Callus, I. (2003). Writing beyond the pale : literature, literary theory, and the law of genre. Humanitas: Journal of the Faculty of Arts, 2, 105-123.
Abstract: It has sometimes been claimed that certain texts written by literary theorists defy categorisation. Neither critique nor fiction, and not even identifiable as a hybrid of both, such texts resist efforts to identify their generic affiliation. These texts might have been allowed to stand merely as indicators of their creators' whimsy were it not for the fact that their content and form, not to mention their problematic relationship with what literary theorists profess elsewhere, represent a provocation to literary criticism's established approaches and procedures. This paper reviews one such text, namely Jacques Derrida 's The Post Card, and more particularly the section entitled "Envois", in the light of his essay "The Law of Genre". It asks whether texts like "Envois" repay critical scrutiny which speaks of a-genericity and multi-genericity, and assesses their implications for the future of literature and literary criticism.
Appears in Collections:Humanitas : volume 2 : 2003
Humanitas : volume 2 : 2003
Scholarly Works - FacArtEng

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Humanitas2A4.pdf6.93 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in OAR@UM are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.