Philosophy of Literature

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Applying a philosophical approach to literature is gathering momentum as an increasingly influential field of study. Philosophy of Literature features six newly commissioned essays that address some of the issues at the vanguard of this thriving and important branch of aesthetics. A team of leading international literary and philosophical scholars present their insightful views on philosophy of literature's central issues in a wide-ranging series of readings. Topics addressed include the way literature can be a ...

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Overview

Applying a philosophical approach to literature is gathering momentum as an increasingly influential field of study. Philosophy of Literature features six newly commissioned essays that address some of the issues at the vanguard of this thriving and important branch of aesthetics. A team of leading international literary and philosophical scholars present their insightful views on philosophy of literature's central issues in a wide-ranging series of readings. Topics addressed include the way literature can be a source of knowledge; the relation of form and content in literature; the importance of formal structure in narrative literature and absolute music; the scope and authority of literary criticism; J. L. Austin's notorious claim that poetry is a non-serious use of language; and the historical relationship between philosophy and literature, from Plato to the present day. This book represents a lively and thought-provoking collection of some of the most intriguing contemporary issues concerning the philosophy of literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444333633
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Series: Ratio Special Issues Series , #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Preface ix

1 Literature, Knowledge, and the Aesthetic Attitude M. W. Rowe 1

2 The Elusiveness of Poetic Meaning Peter Lamarque 24

3 Fictional Form and Symphonic Structure: An Essay in Comparative Aesthetics Peter Kivy 47

4 Criticism of Literature and Criticism of Culture Stein Haugom Olsen 65

5 Incense and Insensibility: Austin on the 'Non-seriousness' of Poetry Maximilian de Gaynesford 90

6 Philosophy and Literature: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Martin Warner 112

Index 134

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