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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

Edited by Richard Eldridge

Volume 1, issue Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182637
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195182637.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature contains twenty-three articles 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 topics 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 articles 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.

Keywords: attention; human life; genres; ancient epic; novel; contemporary experimental writing; periods; realism; Romanticism; postcolonialism

Book.  536 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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Epic in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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Lyric in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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Tragedy in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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Comedy in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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Pastoral in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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Satire in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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The Novel in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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Autobiography and Biography in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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Experimental Writing in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

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