Reading Emptiness: Buddhism and Literature

Reading Emptiness: Buddhism and Literature

by Jeff Humphries, Jefferson Humphries
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791442624

ISBN-13: 9780791442623

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

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

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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:
9780791442623
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series, The Margins of Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1(Anti-)Theory
1Proust and the Bonsai Tree: Theories of Art Western and Eastern3
2Reading Emptiness: Proust with Nagarjuna and Dogen Zenji31
3The Karmic Text: Buddhism and Translation57
Pt. 2Practice
4Lafcadio Heam, Decadence, and the Dream of Buddhist Japan83
Notes145
Bibliography151
Index159

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