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Wittgenstein and Critical Theory

The crucial point of this book is that of fit: which critical methods prove most useful towards opening up which texts? Close investigations into the parameters of the language games of texts, critics, and methods enable us to determine which paths to take towards more complete descriptive analyses, critique, and understanding.

The work of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein provides us with a strong means of developing such a method for literary criticism. In this way, scholars and readers will be able to escape the seemingly endless dialectic between modern and postmodern theory. Instead of debating which theory is theoretically best, we need to describe when theories and methods work—and when they do not.