Literature, Life, and Modernity (Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts)

Literature, Life, and Modernity (Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts)


Richard Eldridge explores the power of dense and officially fascinating literature to reply to the complexities of recent lifestyles. past easy leisure, tricky sleek works domesticate reflective intensity and aid their readers order and interpret their lives as topics when it comes to complicated economies and technological structures. via imagining themselves within the position of the protagonist or the authorial personality, readers turn into immersed in buildings of sustained realization, less than which concrete probabilities of significant lifestyles, besides problems that block their attention, are tracked and clarified.

Literary shape, Eldridge argues, generates buildings of care, mirrored image, and funding inside of readers, shaping—if now not stabilizing—their interactions with daily items and occasions. throughout the adventure of literary types of awareness, readers might come to imagine and dwell extra actively, extra absolutely enticing with glossy existence, instead of passively agony it. Eldridge considers the idea of Descartes, Kant, Adorno, Benjamin, Stanley Cavell, and Charles Taylor in his dialogue of Goethe, Wordsworth, Rilke, Stoppard, and Sebald, advancing a philosophy of literature that addresses our wish to learn and the that means and delight that literary awareness brings to our fragmented glossy lives.

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