Literature and the Political Imagination

Literature and the Political Imagination

by Andrea T. Baumeister
     
 

ISBN-10: 041512915X

ISBN-13: 9780415129152

Pub. Date: 03/27/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This volume shows how modern political theory can be enriched through an engagement with works of literature. It uses the resources of literature to explore issues such as nationalism, liberal philosophy, utopiansim, narrative and the role of theory in political thought.
A variety of approaches are adopted and the aim is to show some of the many and diverse ways

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This volume shows how modern political theory can be enriched through an engagement with works of literature. It uses the resources of literature to explore issues such as nationalism, liberal philosophy, utopiansim, narrative and the role of theory in political thought.
A variety of approaches are adopted and the aim is to show some of the many and diverse ways in which literature may enrich political theorising, as well as considering some of the problems to which this may give rise. The theorists discussed include Richard Rorty, Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor, and Martha Nussbaum. There are literary references from Greek tradegy, Jonathan Swift, Brian Moore, Elizabeth Bowen and contemporary feminist utopian fiction.
All the contributors have a long-standing interest in the relations between literature and moral and political thought. They are concerned not to be restricted by conventional academic boundaries and are not united by any party-line or uniformity of intellectual commitments. This volume will be of great interest to all students engaged in the study of politics and literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415129152
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/27/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
1Literature, philosophy and political theory1
2Taking the narrative turn: what the novel has to offer political theory32
3'What of soul was left, I wonder?' The narrative self in political philosophy53
4Life, literature and ethical theory: Martha Nussbaum on the role of the literary imagination in ethical thought70
5Modes of political imagining98
6Literature and moral choice129
7The aloofness of liberal politics: can imaginative literature furnish a private space?145
8'Breathes there the man, with soul so dead ...': reflections on patriotic poetry and liberal principles170
9The idea of a national literature198
10The anti-imperialism of George Orwell218
11Contemporary feminist Utopianism: practising Utopia on Utopia238
Index256

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