New Directions in Philosophy and Literature

David Rudrum (Editor), Ridvan Askin (Editor), Frida Beckman (Editor)

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Maps out how new developments in 21st-century philosophy intersect with the study of literature. Includes:
- orientational introduction by Claire Colebrook, one of the world's foremost authorities in the field.
- Engages dynamic debates about what it means to be human in face of recent developments in science and technology, the repercussions of anthropogenic climate change, and the overall nature of our contemporary moment.
- Draws on new developments in philosophy including speculative realism, object-oriented ontology, the new materialisms, posthumanism, analytic philosophy of language and metaphysics, and ecophilosophy.
- Offers close readings of a range of texts from 19th- and 20th-century classics such as Walden, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Nineteen Eighty-Four to contemporary novels such as A Visit from the Goon Squad, Oryx and Crake and The Stone Gods.

This forward-thinking, non-traditional reference work uniquely maps out how new developments in 21st century philosophy are entering into dialogue with the study of literature. Going beyond the familiar methods of analytic philosophy, and with a breadth greater than traditional literary theory, this collection looks at the profound consequences of the interaction between philosophy and literature for questions of ethics, politics, subjectivity, materiality, reality and the nature of the contemporary itself.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages496
ISBN (Electronic)9781474449175, 9781474449168
ISBN (Print)9781474449144
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019


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