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Yale Lecture on Stylistics

In this lecture on critical identities, Professor Fry examines the work of Stanley Fish and John Guillory. The lecture begins by examining Tony the Tow Truck as a site for the emergence of literary identities, then brings the course's use of the children's story under scrutiny through the lens of Fish. The evolution of Fish's theory of interpretive communities is traced chronologically through his publications and examined in close-up in Milton's Paradise Lost. John Guillory's work on interpretive communities and the culture wars leads to a discussion of the Western canon and multiculturalism.

  • 00:00 - Chapter 1. Identity in Theory
  • 09:14 - Chapter 2. Identity in Tony the Tow Truck
  • 13:24 - Chapter 3. Introduction to Interpretive Communities
  • 22:17 - Chapter 4. Stanley Fish: First Take on Interpretive Communities
  • 27:15 - Chapter 5. Stanley Fish: Second Take on Interpretive Communities
  • 33:52 - Chapter 6. The Limits of Interpretive Community
  • 39:52 - Chapter 7. Guillory: The School and Other Interpretive Communities

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