Structures, networks, institutions: The new empiricism, book history and literary history

Carter, David (2009). Structures, networks, institutions: The new empiricism, book history and literary history. In Katherine Bode and Robert Dixon (Ed.), Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture (pp. 31-52) Sydney, NSW, Australia: Sydney University Press.

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Author Carter, David
Title of chapter Structures, networks, institutions: The new empiricism, book history and literary history
Title of book Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture
Place of Publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Sydney University Press
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781920899455
1920899456
Editor Katherine Bode
Robert Dixon
Chapter number 1
Start page 31
End page 52
Total pages 22
Total chapters 18
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subjects B1
950203 Languages and Literature
200525 Literary Theory
Formatted Abstract/Summary
David Carter opens the collection with an overview of ‘the different kinds of work on culture’—both in Australia and internationally—‘that might be hidden in that not-quite innocent phase, “the new empiricism”’. In particular, he emphasises the status of the new empiricism as ‘post-’ rather than ‘anti-theoretical’.

In situating books within a larger cultural, political and economic field, the new empiricism directs us beyond the ‘intense investment in the literariness of the literary texts’ that has characterised literary studies. It is this tactical deferral or suspension of ‘our interest in the literary text’ that allows the literary to ‘emerge strategically in a new context, its cultural dynamics, meanings and effects better situated, and better connected to other media forms and social interactions’.
© Individual authors 2009
© Sydney University Press 2009

Keyword History and literary history
Literary culture
Q-Index Code B1
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