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A History of Ambiguity (Hardcover): Anthony Ossa-Richardson

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Anthony Ossa-Richardson

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Ever since it was first published in 1930, William Empson (TM)s Seven Types of Ambiguity has been perceived as a milestone in literary criticism "far from being an impediment to communication, ambiguity now seemed an index of poetic richness and expressive power. Little, however, has been written on the broader trajectory of Western thought about ambiguity before Empson; as a result, the nature of his innovation has been poorly understood. A History of Ambiguity remedies this omission. Starting with classical grammar and rhetoric, and moving on to moral theology, law, biblical exegesis, German philosophy, and literary criticism, Anthony Ossa-Richardson explores the many ways in which readers and theorists posited, denied, conceptualised, and argued over the existence of multiple meanings in texts between antiquity and the twentieth century. This process took on a variety of interconnected forms, from the Renaissance delight in the ~elegance (TM) of ambiguities in Horace, through the extraordinary Catholic claim that Scripture could contain multiple literal "and not just allegorical "senses, to the theory of dramatic irony developed in the nineteenth century, a theory intertwined with discoveries of the double meanings in Greek tragedy. Such narratives are not merely of antiquarian interest: rather, they provide an insight into the foundations of modern criticism, revealing deep resonances between acts of interpretation in disparate eras and contexts. A History of Ambiguity lays bare the long tradition of efforts to liberate language, and even a poet (TM)s intention, from the strictures of a single meaning.

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Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2019
First published: 2019
Authors: Anthony Ossa-Richardson
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 35mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Trade binding
Pages: 488
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-16795-4
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
Books > Humanities > Philosophy
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > General
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, c 1600 to c 1800
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, c 1600 to c 1800
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LSN: 0-691-16795-8
Barcode: 9780691167954

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