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Victorian Interpretation

ISBN-13: 978-0801442018
ISBN-10: 080144201X
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"Suzy Anger's book on Victorian hermeneutics will significantly reshape our understanding of the critical tradition that has formed the discipline of literary study. Anger's critical and scholarly virtues are multiple, and they work to illuminate both philosophical issues and the development of literary criticism through the nineteenth century into modernism. The book taught me an enormous amount about hermeneutics and, even more important for literary scholars, the way the hermeneutic tradition entered into and helped shape and anticipate modern criticism. Anger is one of those rare literary critics who has truly mastered philosophical issues and who can speak authoritatively across the disciplines. She has helped change the shape of the field."-George Levine, Kenneth Burke Professor of English and Director of the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University

"Suzy Anger has written an astute, deeply informed history of Victorian theories of interpretation. As she thinks her way into the sophisticated balances struck by Victorian minds, Anger's own narrative exemplifies the double embrace of epistemological doubt and ethical commitment that she traces through the nineteenth century."-Rosemarie Bodenheimer, Boston College

"Victorian Interpretation is a wonderfully bold, erudite, and bracing rethinking of Victorian intellectual method. In charting the emergence of a general hermeneutics in nineteenth-century Britain, Suzy Anger offers pointed revaluations of major Victorian thinkers and Victorian thought generally, and deftly underscores their relevance to the way we interpret now. This is a book that should engage historians and theorists alike."-James Eli Adams, Cornell University

"Suzy Anger moves between biblical and secular, German and British, Victorian and twentieth-century theories of interpretation with great tact, eloquence, and originality. Exploring both the continuities and the swervings within such pairs, she isolates a distinctively British hermeneutic tradition in the links among Carlyle, Newman, George Eliot, and Wilde with a persuasive force that immediately establishes her as a literary/philosophical critic of the highest order."-Gerhard Joseph, Lehman College and the Graduate School, City University of New York

"The intellectual courage of this book lies in its commitment to mapping out a broad sweep of the history of ideas while gesturing to the afterlives of nineteenth-century hermeneutics in twentieth-century literary theory. Above all this book invites its readers to engage in intellectual dialogue beyond the bounds of nineteenth-century British studies."-Victorian Studies

"The book offers a brilliant and radical reevaluation of Victorian thought processes and will require students of Victorian culture and historians of literary theory to reformulate their ideas about what the Victorians knew and thought about interpretation in all areas of their lives."-Victorian Review

"Anger examines Victorian contributions to the development of a secular hermeneutic tradition. . . . The result is a study that usefully combines specificity of analysis and broadness of range and makes a lucid case for the sophistication and significance of Victorian critical thought."-Choice

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"Suzy Anger’s critical and scholarly virtues are multiple. Her handling both of the hermeneutic tradition and of the philosophical problems it confronts is astute. She offers a view of the Biblical-hermeneutic tradition and of the development of romantic hermeneutics that is simply not available elsewhere. It is refreshing to find a literary critic who seems not only to have read the philosophy she discusses thoroughly but also to have learned to handle their philosophical arguments with subtlety."—George Levine, Kenneth Burke Professor of English and Director of the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University

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