Authored by: Matthew Kieran

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature

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

Print ISBN: 9780415889728
eBook ISBN: 9781315708935
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What is literary creativity? Philosophical and literary tradition holds that the following two conditions must be met: novelty and value. There is, unsurprisingly, a large amount of controversy about just how both conditions should be spelt out. Nonetheless, there is a surprising amount of agreement that both conditions are required (Attridge 2004, Boden 2004, Carroll 2003, Gaut 2003, O’Quin and Besemer 1999, Stokes 2008). Novelty is necessarily a relational term, being a matter of newness with respect to something that has gone before, whilst (literary) value is at least partly relational, concerning how we appreciate and value literature.

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