The Structure of Literary Understanding
By (author) Stein Haugom Olsen
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Structure of Literary Understanding by Stein Haugom Olsen
Book DescriptionHow does a reader respond to a work of literature and how does he begin to evaluate it? Mr Olsen attempts to answer these and related questions. The book is in two parts. In the first three chapters, the author demolishes established theories that literature has a special language, provides a heightened insight into 'truth' and has emotion as its prime currency. In the remaining chapters Mr Olsen constructs and fully illustrates the theory that understanding of a work of literature comes in two complementary stages: first, judgements about the author's aesthetic intentions (interpretation); second, appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of the work (evaluation). At the end of his argument, attempting an answer to the question 'Why is literature important?', Mr Olsen characterizes literature as an institution and thus forges links with contemporary philosophy which sees all human action as ordered and defined by social institutions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521316316
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Feb-1985
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stein Haugom Olsen
End of Literary Theory, Paperback (May 2008)
These essays are concerned with the philosophical problems that arise in connection with the understanding and evaluation of literature.
Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Hardback (September 2003)
This anthology provides comprehensive coverage of the major contributions of analytic philosophy to aesthetics and the philosophy of art, from the earliest beginnings in the 1950a s to the present time. aeo Traces the contributions of the analytic tradition to aesthetics and the philosophy of art, from the 1950a s to the present time.
Truth, Fiction and Literature, Paperback (October 1996)» View all books by Stein Haugom Olsen
This work examines the ways in which fictions relate to the real world, and offers an account of how imaginative works of literature can use fictional content to explore matters of universal human interest. It explores the limits of fictionality in relation to metaphysical and sceptical views.
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