Towards A New Literary Humanism

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

EditorAndrew MousleybyAndrew Mousley

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Literature cultivates "deep selves" for whom books matter because they take over from religion fundamental questions about the meaning of existence. This volume embraces and questions this perspective, while also developing a "new humanist' critical vocabulary which specifies, and therefore opens to debate, the human significance of literature.

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Literature cultivates "deep selves" for whom books matter because they take over from religion fundamental questions about the meaning of existence. This volume embraces and questions this perspective, while also developing a "new humanist' critical vocabulary which specifies, and therefore opens to debate, the human significance of li...

ANDY MOUSLEY is Senior Lecturer in English at De Montfort University, UK. Recent publications include Re-Humanising Shakespeare (2007), Critical Humanisms (2003, with Martin Halliwell), and articles on humanism and posthumanism, and on autobiography, in the journals Textual Practice, Shakespeare, and postmedieval. He is series co-edit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.51 × 5.67 × 0.94 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230238157

ISBN - 13:9780230238152

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Towards a New Literary Humanism; A. Mousley
PART I: LITERATURE AS ERSATZ THEOLOGY: DEEP SELVES
Introduction; A. Mousley
Faith, Feeling, Reality: Anne Brontë as an Existentialist Poet; R. Styler
Virginia Woolf, Sympathy and Feeling for the Human; K. Martin
Being Human and being Animal in Twentieth-Century Horse-Whispering Writings: 'Word-Bound Creatures' and 'the Breath of Horses'; E. Graham 
Judith Butler and the Catachretic Human; I. Arteel
PART II: SCEPTICISM, OR HUMANISM AT THE LIMIT
Introduction; A. Mousley
Shakespeare's Refusers: Humanism at the Limit; R. Chamberlain
Why Eliot Killed Lydgate: 'Joyful Cruelty' in Middlemarch; S. Earnshaw
Atomised: Mary Midgley and Michel Houellebecq; J. Wallace
Humanity without Itself: Robert Musil, Giorgio Agamben and Posthumanism; I. Callus & S. Herbrechter
PART III: LITERATURE, DEMOCRACY, HUMANISMS FROM BELOW
Introduction; A. Mousley
Mobilising Unbribable Life: The Politics of Contemporary Poetry in Bosnia and Herzegovina; D. Arsenijevic
HUM (-an, -ane, -anity, -anities, -anism, -anise); M. Robson
Humanising Marx: Theory and Fiction in the Fin de Siècle British Socialist Periodical; D. Mutch
Civic Humanism: Said, Brecht and Coriolanus; N. Wood
References
Index

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"This book stands out as an intervention in post-poststructuralist debates, alongside the 'new aesthetics', 'singularities', the 'new ethics', and other efforts to formulate the critical trajectories of the new millennium, and will have a significant impact on the way literary studies will shape its theoretical debates in the near future." -- Tim Woods, Professor in English and American Studies, Aberystwyth University, UK