Literature and Politics

Fred Rush

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182637
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Literature and Politics

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This article considers the relationship between literature and politics. It focuses on the idea that literary form itself is political and investigates claims that literature can criticize and alter political belief by being experienced in terms of its form. It discusses the view of Theodor Adorno on this issue and suggests that the idea that there is an important connection between formal aesthetic properties of art and political belief merits further investigation and that the claim that art is uniquely political because it is useless deserves philosophical attention.

Keywords: literature; politics; literary form; political belief; Theodor Adorno; art

Article.  10935 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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