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Literary Aesthetics: A Reader

Alan Singer (Editor), Allen Dunn (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-20869-3
376 pages
January 2001, ©2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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It is one of the ironies of contemporary literary study that as it has moved toward greater interdisciplinarity it has grown sceptical of the aesthetic. This anthology works to reassert the continuing relevance of the aesthetic and to reintegrate it into the widening repertoire of contemporary literary critical practices.
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Part I: Introduction: What is Literary Aesthetics?.

Part II: Community, Culture, Politics.

Part III: Beauty and Sublimity.

Part IV: Truth, Value, Ethics.

Part V: Literary Formalism.

Part VI: Agency, Expression.

Part VII: Gender.

Part VIII: Aesthetic/Anti-Aesthetic: Contemporary Debates.
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Alan Singer teaches in the Department of English at Temple University, specialising in critical literary theory and film theory. His books include The Subject as Action (1993).

Allen Dunn is at the English Department at the University of Tennessee.
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  • Reasserts the continuing relevance of the aesthetic, reintegrating it into the widening repertoire of contemporary literary critical practices.
  • Spans classical sources of philosophical aesthetics to the most current accounts of the utility/value of the literary artwork in post-modern culture.
  • Organization of the text is designed to engage the reader in the shaping debates of literary aesthetic theory.

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"This volume can be strongly recommended as a first reader in aesthetics for interested students of literature." Reference Reviews <!--end-->
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