Literature, Life, and Modernity
By (author) Richard Eldridge
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Literature, Life, and Modernity by Richard Eldridge
Book DescriptionRichard Eldridge explores the ability of dense and formally interesting literature to respond to the complexities of modern life. Beyond simple entertainment, difficult modern works cultivate reflective depth and help their readers order and interpret their lives as subjects in relation to complex economies and technological systems. By imagining themselves in the role of the protagonist or the authorial persona, readers become immersed in structures of sustained attention, under which concrete possibilities of meaningful life, along with difficulties that block their realization, are tracked and clarified. Literary form, Eldridge argues, generates structures of care, reflection, and investment within readers, shaping--if not stabilizing--their interactions with everyday objects and events. Through the experience of literary forms of attention, readers may come to think and live more actively, more fully engaging with modern life, rather than passively suffering it. Eldridge considers the thought of Descartes, Kant, Adorno, Benjamin, Stanley Cavell, and Charles Taylor in his discussion of Goethe, Wordsworth, Rilke, Stoppard, and Sebald, advancing a philosophy of literature that addresses our desire to read and the meaning and satisfaction that literary attention brings to our fragmented modern lives.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231144544
(210mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 13-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard Eldridge
Introduction to the Philosophy of Art, Hardback (March 2014)
A clear and compact survey of philosophical theories of the nature and value of art, in a new, expanded edition.
Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature, Paperback (February 2013)
This volume 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, Periods, Devices and Powers, and Contexts and Uses.
Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies, Hardback (November 2011)» View all books by Richard Eldridge
A collection that draws out the full implications of Stanley Cavell's writings and ideas for literary studies.
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Author Biography - Richard Eldridge
Richard Eldridge is Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College. He is the author of The Persistence of Romanticism, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art, and On Moral Personhood, and is the editor of Beyond Representation, Stanley Cavell, and The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature (forthcoming).
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