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  • Acknowledgments v

    Editor's Introduction / Paul Hernadi vii

    The Rhetoric of Interpretation

    The Rhetoric of Interpretation / Hayden White 1

    Interpretations: Data or Goals / Jonathan Culler 23

    Of Ants and Grasshoppers: Two Ways (or More) to Link Texts and Power / Edward Pechter 39

    The Rise of Hermeneutics and the Crisis of Ocularcentrism / Martin Jay 55

    Interpretation, Rhetoric, Ideology

    The Ideology of the Aesthetic / Terry Eagleton 75

    The Promised Body: Reflections on Canon in an Afro-American Context / Houston Baker 87

    History and Literary History: The Case of Mass Culture / Richard Ohmann 105

    Culture and Ideology: From Geertz to Marx / Dominick LaCapra 125

    Interpreting Rhetoric

    Parodic Play and Prophetic Reason: Two Interpretations of Interpretation / Susan Handelman 143

    Death in the Ethnographic Present / Renato Rosaldo 173

    The Challenge of Poetics to (Normal) Historical Practice / Robert F. Berkhofer Jr. 183

    The Inevitability of Stereotype: Colonialism in The Great Gatsby / Michael Holquist 201

    Index 221

    Notes on Contributors 227
  • Paul Hernadi

    Hayden White

    Jonathan Culler

    Martin Jay

    Terry Eagleton

    Houston A. Baker

    Dominick LaCapra

    Susan Handelman

    Renato Rosaldo

    Robert F. Berkhofer

    Michael Holquist

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    The essays collected in this volume strongly suggest that the principles and operations of contemporary rhetoric and contemporary interpretation invite being studied in conjunction with each other—that the are, as Paul Hernadi puts it, "siamese twins." Furthermore, a number of the essays suggest that both rhetoric and interpretation ought to be studied in conjunction with the principles and operations characteristic of contemporary descriptions and critiques of ideology.

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