The Oxford Handbook Of Philosophy And Literature

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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature contains twenty-three newly commissioned essays by major philosophers and literary scholars that investigate literature as a form of attention to human life. Various forms of attention are considered under the headings of Genres (from Ancient Epic to the Novel and Contemporary Experimental Writing), Periods (from Realism and Romanticism to Postcolonialism), Devices and Powers (Imagination, Plot, Character, Style, and Emotion), and Contexts and Uses (in relation to...
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Overview


The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature contains twenty-three newly commissioned essays by major philosophers and literary scholars that investigate literature as a form of attention to human life. Various forms of attention are considered under the headings of Genres (from Ancient Epic to the Novel and Contemporary Experimental Writing), Periods (from Realism and Romanticism to Postcolonialism), Devices and Powers (Imagination, Plot, Character, Style, and Emotion), and Contexts and Uses (in relation to inquiry, morality, and politics). In each case, the effort is to track and evaluate how specific modes and works of imaginative literature answer to important needs of human subjects for orientation, the articulation of interest in life, and the working through of emotion, within situations that are both sociohistorical and human. Hence these essays show how and why literature matters in manifold ways in and for human cultural life, and they show how philosophers and imaginative literary writers have continually both engaged with and criticized each other.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199965496
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 538
  • Sales rank: 1,419,402
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Eldridge is Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College.

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Table of Contents

Contributors

Introduction--Philosophy and Literature as Forms of Attention
Richard Eldridge

Part I. Genres

1. Epic
Gregory Nagy

2. Lyric
Susan Stewart

3. Tragedy
J. M. Bernstein

4. Comedy
Timothy Gould

5. Pastoral
Mark Payne

6. Satire
R. Bracht Branham

7. The Novel
Anthony J. Cascardi

8. Autobiography and Biography
Stephen Mulhall

9. Experimental Writing
R. M. Berry

Part II. Periods and Modes

10. Realism
Bernard Harrison

11. Romanticism
Nikolas Kompridis

12. Idealism
Toril Moi

13. Modernism
Philip Weinstein

14. Postcolonialism
Simona Bertacco

Part III. Devices and Powers

15. Imagination
Kirk Pillow

16. Plot
Alan Singer

17. Character
Stanley Bates

18. Style
Charles Altieri

19. Emotion, Memory, and Trauma
Glenn W. Most

Part IV. Contexts and Uses

20. Literature and Knowledge
John Gibson

21. Literature and Morality:
Ted Cohen

22. Literature and Politics
Fred Rush

Index

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