The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature contains 23 newly commissioned essays by major philosophers and literary scholars that investigate literature as a form of attention to human life. Various forms of attention are considered under the headings of Genres (from Ancient Epic to the Novel and Contemporary Experimental Writing), Periods (from Realism and Romanticism to Postcolonialism), Devices and Powers (Imagination, Plot, Character, Style, and Emotion), and Contexts and Uses (in relation to inquiry, morality, and politics). In each case, the effort is to track and evaluate how specific modes and works of imaginative literature answer to important needs of human subjects for orientation, the articulation of interest in life, and the working through of emotion, within situations that are both sociohistorical and human. Hence these essays show how and why literature matters in manifold ways in and for human cultural life, and they show how philosophers and imaginative literary writers have continually both engaged with and criticized each other.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195182637
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Eldridge is Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Richard Eldridge, (Swarthmore College)
2. Epic, Gregory Nagy, (Harvard University)
3. Lyric, Susan Stewart, (Princeton University)
4. Tragedy, J. M. Bernstein, (New School for Social Research)
5. Comedy, Timothy Gould, (Metropolitan State College of Denver)
6. Pastoral, Mark Payne, (University of Chicago)
7. Satire, R. Bracht Branham, (Emory University)
8. The Novel, Anthony J. Cascardi, (University of California, Berkeley)
9. Autobiography and Biography, Stephen Mulhall, (New College, Oxford)
10. Experimental Writing, R. M. Berry, (Florida State University)
11. Realism, Bernard Harrison, (University of Utah)
12. Romanticism, Nikolas Kompridis, (University of Toronto)
13. Idealism, Toril Moi, (Duke University)
14. Modernism, Philip Weinstein, (Swarthmore College)
15. Postcolonialism, Simona Bertacco, (University of Milan)
Devices and Powers
16. Imagination, Kirk Pillow, (Corcoran College of Art + Design)
17. Plot, Alan Singer, (Temple University)
18. Character, Stanley Bates, (Middlebury College)
19. Style, Charles Altieri, (University of California, Berkeley)
20. Emotion, Memory, and Trauma, Glenn W. Most, (University of Chicago)
Contexts and Uses
21. Literature and Knowledge, John Gibson, (University of Louisville)
22. Literature and Morality, Ted Cohen, (University of Chicago)
23. Literature and Politics, Fred Rush, (University of Notre Dame)

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