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The Idea of the Text and the Nature of Textual MeaningThe Idea of a Text and the Nature of Textual Meaning
Anders Pettersson
Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, expected April 2017


Book Synopsis


In his account of text and textual meaning, Pettersson demonstrates in this volume that a text as commonly conceived is not only a verbal structure but also a physical entity, two kinds of phenomena which do not in fact add up to a unitary object. He describes this current notion of text as convenient enough for many practical purposes, but inadequate in discussions of a theoretically more demanding nature. Having clearly demonstrated its intellectual drawbacks, he develops an alternative, boldly revisionary way of thinking about text and textual meaning. His careful argument is in challenging dialogue with assumptions about language-in-use to be found in a wide range of present-day literary theory, linguistics, philosophical aesthetics, and philosophy of language.  

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