Seductive Reasoning

Seductive Reasoning

By Ellen Rooney
Book Description

Seductive Reasoning takes a provocative look at contemporary Anglo-American literary theory, calling into question the critical consensus on pluralism's nature and its status in literary studies. Drawing on the insights of Marxist and feminist critical theory and on the works of Althusser, Derrida, and Foucault, Rooney reads the pluralist’s invitation to join in a "dialogue" as a seductive gesture. Critics who respond find that they must seek to persuade all of their potential readers. Rooney examines pluralism as a form of logic in the work of E. D. Hirsch, as a form of ethics for Wayne Booth, as a rhetoric of persuasion in the books of Stanley Fish. For Paul de Man, Rooney argues, pluralism was a rhetoric of tropes just as it was, for Fredric Jameson, a form of politics.

Table of Contents
  • Seductive Reasoning
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Texts
    • Introduction
    • 1 Reading Pluralism Symptomatically
    • 2 Persuasion and the Production of Knowledge
    • 3 The Limits of Pluralism Are Not Plural
    • 4 "Not to Worry": The Therapeutic Rhetoric of Stanley Fish
    • 5 Not Taking Sides: Reading the Rhetoric of Persuasion
    • 6 This Politics Which Is Not One
    • Epilogue
    • Index
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