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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature

Edited by: Noël Carroll , John Gibson

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415889728
eBook ISBN: 9781315708935
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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature is an in-depth examination of literature through a philosophical lens, written by distinguished figures across the major divisions of philosophy. Its 40 newly-commissioned essays are divided into six sections:

  • historical foundations
  • what is literature?
  • aesthetics & appreciation
  • meaning & interpretation
  • metaphysics & epistemology
  • ethics & political theory

The Companion opens with a comprehensive historical overview of the philosophy of literature, including chapters on the study?s ancient origins up to the 18th-20th centuries. The second part defines literature and its different categories. The third part covers the aesthetics of literature. The fourth and fifth sections discuss the meaning and consequences of philosophical interpretation of literature, as well as epistemological and metaphysical issues such as literary cognitivism and imaginative resistance. The sixth section contextualizes the place of philosophy of literature in the "real world" with essays on topics such as morality, politics, race and gender.

Fully indexed, with helpful further reading sections at the end of each chapter, this Companion is an ideal starting point for those coming to philosophy of literature for the first time as well as a valuable reference for readers more familiar with the subject.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Ancient Beginnings Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Philosophy of Literature in the Eighteenth Century Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Philosophy of Literature in the Nineteenth Century Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Twentieth-Century European Philosophy of Literature Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Analytic Philosophy of Literature Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Idea of Literature Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Novel Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Poetry Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Reading Plays as Literature Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Popular Fiction Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Screenplays Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Evolutionary Approaches to Literature Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Canon and Tradition Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Creativity Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Authorship Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Expression Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Literary Style  Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Theme Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Character Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Empathy Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The Paradox of Fiction Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Fiction and Negative Emotions Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Neuroscience and Literature Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Narrative Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Narrative Understanding Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Interpretation Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Criticism Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Poetic Imagination Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Metaphors in Literature  Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The Ontology of Literary Works Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Fiction Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Fictional Truth and Truth Through Fiction Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Literary Cognitivism Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Imagination Download PDF
Chapter  35:  The Problem of Imaginative Resistance  Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Literature and “Theory of Mind” Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Literature and Morality Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Literature and Marxism Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Literature and Race Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Literature and Gender Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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