Romanticism, Literature and Philosophy
Expressive Rationality in Rousseau, Kant, Wollstonecraft and Contemporary Theory
By (author) Simon Swift
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Romanticism, Literature and Philosophy by Simon Swift
Book Description'This book carves out a distinctive and important space in the border-zone between philosophy, literary theory, and cultural history.' Christopher Norris, Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy, Cardiff University 'Swift's remarkable [book] stands out as a highly theoretical study in at least two respects: its engagement with figures who defined theory before the advent of the New Historicism and its forceful re-reading of texts by Kant and Rousseau that fostered deconstruction ...Swift's study is a major intervention in what might be described either as postdeconstructive philosophical criticism or theoretically advanced intellectual history.' Margaret Russett, Studies in English Literature 1500--1900 Romanticism, Literature and Philosophy proposes a radical re-visioning of Romantic literature by developing a new insight into its philosophical importance. It challenges both a number of recent attacks on philosophical reason, and new historicist readings of Romanticism, by arguing that they fundamentally misinterpret what reason is in strikingly similar ways.Engaging with the philosophical, political and literary writings of Rousseau, Kant and Mary Wollstonecraft, and with the deconstruction of Paul de Man and Gayatri Spivak, it suggests that postmodernism's recent assault on Enlightenment universalism, and on aesthetic autonomy, in the name of particularity and heterogeneity underestimates the capacity of reason to orient itself towards forms of anthropological and literary difference. Simon Swift is Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Theory at the School of English, University of Leeds, UK. He is author of Hannah Arendt (Routledge, 2008).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826421319
(156mm x 234mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 20-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Presents Hannah Arendt's work. This book offers a critical engagement with the cultural and philosophical crises of mid-twentieth-century Europe. It contains key ideas from her works such as "The Origins of Totalitarianism" and "The Human Condition".
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Author Biography - Simon Swift
Simon Swift is Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Theory at the School of English, University of Leeds, UK.
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