The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

Paperback | January 15, 2013

EditorRichard Eldridge

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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 AncientEpic 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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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 AncientEpic to the Novel and Contemporary Experimenta...

Richard Eldridge is Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:536 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:January 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsRichard Eldridge: Introduction--Philosophy and Literature as Forms of AttentionPart I. Genres1. Gregory Nagy: Epic2. Susan Stewart: Lyric3. J. M. Bernstein: Tragedy4. Timothy Gould: Comedy5. Mark Payne: Pastoral6. R. Bracht Branham: Satire7. Anthony J. Cascardi: The Novel8. Stephen Mulhall: Autobiography and Biography9. R. M. Berry: Experimental WritingPart II. Periods and Modes10. Bernard Harrison: Realism11. Nikolas Kompridis: Romanticism12. Toril Moi: Idealism13. Philip Weinstein: Modernism14. Simona Bertacco: PostcolonialismPart III. Devices and Powers15. Kirk Pillow: Imagination16. Alan Singer: Plot17. Stanley Bates: Character18. Charles Altieri: Style19. Glenn W. Most: Emotion, Memory, and TraumaPart IV. Contexts and Uses20. John Gibson: Literature and Knowledge21. Ted Cohen: Literature and Morality22. Fred Rush: Literature and PoliticsIndex