The Philosophy of Literature: Contemporary and Classic Readings - An Anthology / Edition 1

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Forty-five essential readings in the philosophy of literature are brought together for the first time in this anthology to provide a balanced and coherent overview of developments in the field during the past thirty years. They include substantial and carefully chosen essays and extracts which highlight influential work on fiction, emotion, interpretation, metaphor, literary value, and the definition and ontology of literature. An additional historical section features generous selections of the writings of early pioneers such as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Hume. This authoritative volume offers a handy compilation of contributions to the field by its leading figures. It is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the philosophy of literature or the philosophy of art.
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"This collection provides an ideal introduction to the issues that draw analytic philosophers to literature. It brings together an extraordinary array of the most vital, influential, and sophisticated essays published by philosophers of literature in the past three decades." Stephen Davies, University of Auckland

"These essays, taken together, constitute a serious and probing exploration of several of the most fundamental philosophical puzzles about literature. They are also accessible, engaging, and frequently a lot of fun. A superb collection!" Kendall Walton, University of Michigan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405112086
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/23/2004
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.65 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen John is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville, specializing in aesthetics and philosophy of literature. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Philosophy and Literature, and The Henry James Review.

Dominic McIver Lopes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Understanding Pictures (1996) and co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Aesthetics (2000) and Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts (2003). He is also co-editor, with Berys Gaut, of the Blackwell series New Directions in Aesthetics.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Classic Sources 1
1 Republic 5
2 Poetics 15
3 Of Tragedy 25
4 The Birth of Tragedy 29
5 Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming 36
Pt. II Definition of Literature 41
6 Spazio 45
7 What Isn't Literature? 46
8 The Concept of Literature 51
9 Literary Practice 59
10 What is Literature? 65
Pt. III Ontology of Literature 73
11 Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote 77
12 Literary Works as Types 82
13 Literature 88
14 Interpretation and Identity: Can the Work Survive the World? 93
15 Work and Text 98
Pt. IV Fiction 107
16 Doonesbury 111
17 The Logical Status of Fictional Discourse 112
18 Truth in Fiction 119
19 What is Fiction? 128
20 Fiction and Nonfiction 136
21 Fictional Characters as Abstract Artifacts 144
22 Logic and Criticism 154
Pt. V Emotion 163
23 Applicant 167
24 How Can We Be Moved by the Fate of Anna Karenina? 170
25 Fearing Fictionally 177
26 The Pleasures of Tragedy 185
27 Tragedy and the Community of Sentiment 194
Pt. VI Metaphor 205
28 Essay on What I Think About Most 209
29 Metaphor 212
30 What Metaphors Mean 220
31 Metaphor, Feeling, and Narrative 231
32 Metaphor and Prop Oriented Make-Believe 239
Pt. VII Interpretation 249
33 Who Is Responsible in Ethical Criticism, and for What? 253
34 Criticism as Retrieval 255
35 The Postulated Author: Critical Monism as a Regulative Ideal 262
36 Art Interpretation 273
37 Art, Intention, and Conversation 280
38 Intention and Interpretation 291
39 Style and Personality in the Literary Work 301
Pt. VIII Literary Values 311
40 Xingu 315
41 On the Congnitive Triviality of Art 317
42 Literature and Knowledge 324
43 "Finely Aware and Richly Responsible" 329
44 Literature, Truth, and Philosophy 341
45 The Ethical Criticism of Art 355
Index 364
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