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ISBN-13: 978-0415378499 ISBN-10: 0415378494 Edition: 1st
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'What is at stake in this book is nothing less than a dramatically new way of approaching literature, one which in its unostentatious, low key way scandalously smashes a whole range of liberal humanist icons.' – Terry Eagleton

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  • Series: Routledge Classics
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415378494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415378499
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. McInerney on March 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is quite simply a "must have" for anyone working in literary theory, literary analysis, or even historiography. Predating Derrida's Of Grammatology by a year, it nevertheless anticipates many aspects of that more famous work. This book has suffered greatly from Eagleton's misappropriation and subsequent disowning of its theses, which he transformed into a structuralist criticism. Interestingly it is only through what this book (and the essays in his In A Materialist Way collection) says about the materialities of reading that we can really grasp the operation that Eagleton's *interpretation* performed and its effects in subsequent readings of Macherey's work. I would also highly recommend Warren Montag's Louis Althusser and Bodies, Masses, Power books be read alongside this book by Macherey.

It also provides a critique of the "author" that anticipates in some ways, and complements in others, that put forward by Michel Foucault in "What is an Author?"

If you have Of Grammatology, The Archaeology of Knowledge, and/or Reading Capital you need this book because it not only will enable the theses of those books to be extended and developed but also will correct the idealist and/or structuralist elements of those books. The critique of Barthes in this book is very valuable, as are the analyses of Defoe and Verne.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miles Reynolds on February 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Macherey's 'A Theory of Literary Production' was incredibly helpful for me as a reader looking for hidden metaphors. Macherey states, "theory begins from that incompleteness which is so radical that it cannot be located." However... the book, split into many essays, attempts to try to make sense of the radicalness of so many texts and sees where the critic as well as the reader is coming from.

After reading the text, I ask...

What happens when we recognize the external/internal factors of a text as metaphor? These "questions of the question" are structures that produce discourses, and possibilities of a moment, all recognized through the silences of a text. The "silences" of a text are the spaces or absences in which something cannot be articulated. They are not necessarily purposeful, but rather the space in between the author and the critic. When writing the text, an author cannot always be explicit in his or her message while also maintaining the text's tone and sequentialism. Here, the critic fills the gap and tries to conduct meaning out of the author's words. This thread of sequence that the critic tries to fill can arguably point to J. HIllis Miller and his thoughts on the literary critic's capacity for interpretation [...]

I recommend this book to any hopeful literary enthusiast.
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