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By Nicholas Royle, Andrew Bennett

This booklet provides the most important severe ideas in literary reviews at the present time, averting the jargonistic, summary nature of a lot `theory'. The authors discover the most important concerns in modern feedback and thought through focusing heavily on various texts, from Chaucer to Achebe and from Milton to Morrison. 

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I’d rather call old Thomas Hardy up. I like that Eustacia Vye. (22) Again, this passage is delightfully straightforward and yet extraordinarily suggestive. qxd 13/05/2004 14:44 Page 20 . 20 An introduction to literature, criticism and theory author. You really can be drawn into the feeling that the author is ‘a terrific friend of yours’ or that your appreciation and understanding of an author is so intense it touches on the telepathic. Holden’s reference to getting on the phone to the author is uncannily apposite: the rapport that exists between you and your favourite author is indeed a sort of linguistic tele-link.

Nevertheless, the figure of the author remains a decisive force in contemporary culture – for all kinds of reasons, some of them entirely admirable. e. qxd 13/05/2004 14:44 Page 24 . 24 An introduction to literature, criticism and theory non-US-or-European, non-middle class, non-heterosexual) writing, there has been and continues to be an emphasis on the person of the author, an emphasis that is in some ways remarkably conventional and ‘conformist’. This emphasis is particularly characteristic of what has come to be known as identity politics.

Anthropomorphism – that is to say, a more specific (because specifically human) form of animism. It is the rhetorical figure that refers to a situation in which what is not human is given attributes of human form or shape: the legs of a table or the face of a cliff would be examples of anthropomorphism, though they might not immediately or necessarily provoke a feeling of uncanniness. In a similar fashion, children’s toys and fairy tales present many possibilities for thinking about anthropomorphism: we may think of such things (dolls or household utensils coming to life and talking) as decidedly not uncanny, but there is perhaps also a strange, potential slipperiness here.

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