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Soul and Form
     

Soul and Form

by Georg Lukacs, John T. Sanders, Katie Terezakis, Judith Butler, Anna Bostock
 

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ISBN-10: 0231149816

ISBN-13: 9780231149815

Pub. Date: 01/12/2010

Publisher: Columbia University Press

György Lukacs was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher, writer, and literary critic who shaped mainstream European Communist thought. Soul and Form was his first book, published in 1910, and it established his reputation, treating questions of linguistic expressivity and literary style in the works of Plato, Kierkegaard, Novalis, Sterne, and others. By

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György Lukacs was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher, writer, and literary critic who shaped mainstream European Communist thought. Soul and Form was his first book, published in 1910, and it established his reputation, treating questions of linguistic expressivity and literary style in the works of Plato, Kierkegaard, Novalis, Sterne, and others. By isolating the formal techniques these thinkers developed, Lukács laid the groundwork for his later work in Marxist aesthetics, a field that introduced the historical and political implications of text.

For this centennial edition, John T. Sanders and Katie Terezakis add a dialogue entitled "On Poverty of Spirit," which Lukács wrote at the time of Soul and Form, and an introduction by Judith Butler, which compares Lukács's key claims to his later work and subsequent movements in literary theory and criticism. In an afterword, Terezakis continues to trace the Lukácsian system within his writing and other fields. These essays explore problems of alienation and isolation and the curative quality of aesthetic form, which communicates both individuality and a shared human condition. They investigate the elements that give rise to form, the history that form implies, and the historicity that form embodies. Taken together, they showcase the breakdown, in modern times, of an objective aesthetics, and the rise of a new art born from lived experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231149815
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/12/2010
Series:
Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,307,100
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction Judith Butler1. On the Nature and Form of the Essay: A Letter to Leo Popper2. Platonism, Poetry and Form: Rudolf Kassner3. The Foundering of Form Against Life: Søren Kierkegaard and Regine Olsen4. On the Romantic Philosophy of Life: Novalis5. The Bourgeois Way of Life and Art for Art's Sake: Theodor Storm6. The New Solitude and Its Poetry: Stefan George7. Longing and Form: Charles-Louis Philippe8. The Moment and Form: Richard Beer-Hofmann9. Richness, Chaos, and Form: A Dialogue Concerning Lawrence Sterne10. The Metaphysics of Tragedy: Paul ErnstSources and ReferencesOn Poverty of Spirit: A Conversation and a LetterAfterword: The Legacy of Form Katie TerezakisNotesIndex

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