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Volume 1, Number 1
January 2003
Editor: Leona Toker

SKU: 45-302008                  Errata


From the Editor

  

The pun on “partiality” in the title of our journal is intentional. The journal disclaims an ability to provide, or a wish to constitute, an absolute answer to any problem that it might address, yet the motivation for starting its publication is -- at least partly -- idealistic. The twenty first century is one of the periods when, to use the language of “The Defense of Poetry” by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1809), “the accumulation of the materials of external life exceed the quantity of the power of assimilating them to the internal laws of human nature.” Though discomfort with this disproportion, in whatever way “the internal laws of human nature” may be understood, has been felt, in different measure, by every generation of literary scholars, the need to overcome the breach between the technological achievements on the one hand and ethical practice and intellectual life on the other has hardly ever been as urgent as at present. And though the main work of bridging this gap lies elsewhere, an interdisciplinary literary journal in a research area not expressly focused on by other journals may contribute to the concerted effort in a variety of ways.

Partial Answers proposes to register the developments in what may be (broadly and with deliberate vagueness) called the literary history of ideas; it also aspires to participate in the further shaping of this history without positing the existence of a single “cutting edge” of intellectual development. Intellectual activity branches out in sundry directions at once; still, when it processes its materials, or extends itself in ways that model their shape, a great deal of precious debris tends to slide into oblivion. Artistic creativity and cultural self-reproduction -- as well as the humanistic discourse that brings them to self-awareness -- are as legitimately employed in the reabsorption of the debris by the side of innovative trends as in the promotion and critique of the trends themselves.      

The inaugural issue of Partial Answers opens with a programmatic article by Wolfgang Iser on the context-sensitivity of humanistic discourse. The articles that follow exemplify a variety of shapes that humanistic discourse can take. Though most of them deal, as it happens, with English literature, the essays inscribe themselves into different traditions of scholarship: British moral philosophy (Bernard Harrison), Anglo-American narratology (James Phelan), French literary and sociological theory (Frédéric Regard), cultural study of gender and economic ideas (Regenia Gagnier), and psychoanalytically oriented critical analysis (Dianne Hunter). Each article presents a different script of the relationship between literature and the history of ideas: feedback loops, literary masterworks’ philosophical prescience, ideological implications of the literary form, ideological spokesmanship (whether intentional or not) in literature, the staging of encrypted cultural patterns in literature and life. Articles in ensuing issues of the journal will supplement and expand this open-ended paradigm.

Sponsored by The School of Literatures of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Partial Answers intends to publish articles on all national literatures and to refrain from privileging specific strands in the history of ideas. The editorial board welcomes responses to the articles published, by letter, e-mail, or in the shape of essays for publication. It also welcomes suggestions concerning relevant new books that should be reviewed.


Contents

Context-Sensitivity and Its Feedback : The Two-Sidedness of Humanistic Discourse
Wolfgang Iser (1926--2007)   (Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003) : 1-33
History of Humanities
Then and Now

Houyhnhnm Virtue
Bernard Harrison   (Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003) : 35-64
Literature and Philosophy
Then and Now

The Beginning and Early Middle of Persuasion; Or, Form and Ideology in Austen's Experiment with Narrative Comedy
James Phelan   (Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003) : 65-87
Literature and Ideology
The English Novel

Topologies of the Self: Space and Life-Writing
Frédéric Regard   (Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003) : 89-102
Literature and the Ideas of Space
Life Writing

Individualism from the New Woman to the Genome : Autonomy and Independence
Regenia Gagnier   (Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003) : 103-128
Literature and Ideology
Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Poetics of Melancholy and Psychic Possession in Ted Hughes’s Birthday Letters and Other Haunted Texts
Dianne Hunter   (Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003) : 129-50
Topoi
English Poetry

Hamlet in Purgatory, by Stephen Greenblatt
Elizabeth Freund   (Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003) : 152-55
Book review

Upheavals of Thought, by Martha Nussbaum
Richard Freadman   (Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003) : 156-61
Book review

Nabokov’s World, ed. Jane Grayson, Arnold McMillin, and Priscilla Meyer
Pekka Tammi   (Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003) : 161-65
Book review

Feminist Metafiction and the Evolution of the British Novel, by Joan Douglas Peters
Elisheva Leybovitch   (Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003) : 166-70
Book review
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