Reading Emptiness: Buddhism and Literature

Reading Emptiness: Buddhism and Literature

by Jeff Humphries, Jefferson Humphries
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791442616

ISBN-13: 9780791442616

Pub. Date: 08/28/1999

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Concludes that the closest thing in Western culture to the Middle Way of Buddhism is not any sort of theory or philosophy, but the practice of literature.

Reading Emptiness connects ancient Buddhist attitudes and ideas with postmodern theory and aesthetics, concluding that the closest thing in Western culture to the Middle Way of Buddhism is not any sort of

Overview

Concludes that the closest thing in Western culture to the Middle Way of Buddhism is not any sort of theory or philosophy, but the practice of literature.

Reading Emptiness connects ancient Buddhist attitudes and ideas with postmodern theory and aesthetics, concluding that the closest thing in Western culture to the Middle Way of Buddhism is not any sort of theory or philosophy, but the practice of literature. The book draws on scholarship and criticism in literary theory, philosophy, and science to speculate about the possible common ground between literary and Buddhist practices, aiming not so much to elucidate the ancient traditions of Buddhism as to seek ways in which literature might be integrated into a truly Western practice of Buddhism that would remain philosophically true to its Eastern roots.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791442616
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series, The Margins of Literature Series
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction

Part 1: (Anti-)Theory

1. Proust and the Bonsai Tree: Theories of Art Western and Eastern

2. Reading Emptiness: Proust with Nagarjuna and Dogen Zenji

3. The Karmic Text: Buddhism and Translation

Part 2: Practice

4. Lafcadio Hearn, Decadence, and the Dream of Buddhist Japan

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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