The Philosophy of Literature: Contemporary and Classic Readings - An Anthology
Part I: Classic Sources:.
1. Republic: Plato.
2. Poetics: Aristotle.
3. Of Tragedy: David Hume.
4. The Birth of Tragedy: Friedrich Nietzsche.
5. Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming: Sigmund Freud.
Part II: Definition of Literature:.
6. Spazio: Arrigo Lora-Totino.
7. What Isn’t Literature?: E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
8. The Concept of Literature: Monroe Beardsley.
9. Literary Practice: Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen.
10. What Is Literature?: Robert Stecker.
Part III: Ontology of Literature:.
11. Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote: Jorge Luis Borges.
12. Literary Works as Types: Richard Wollheim.
13. Literature: J. O. Urmson.
14. Can the Work Survive the World?: Nelson Goodman and Catherine Elgin.
15. Work and Text: Gregory Currie.
Part IV: Fiction:.
16. Doonesbury: Garry Trudeau.
17. The Logical Status of Fictional Discourse: John Searle.
18. Truth in Fiction: David Lewis.
19. What Is Fiction?: Gregory Currie.
20. Fiction and Nonfiction: Kendall Walton.
21. Fictional Characters as Abstract Artifacts: Amie Thomasson.
22. Logic and Criticism: Peter Lamarque.
Part V: Emotion:.
23. Applicant: Harold Pinter.
24. How Can We Be Moved by the Fate of Anna Karenina?: Colin Radford.
25. Fearing Fictionally: Kendall Walton.
26. The Pleasures of Tragedy: Susan Feagin.
27. Tragedy and the Community of Sentiment: Flint Schier.
Part VI: Metaphor:.
28. Essay on What I Think about Most: Anne Carson.
29. Metaphor: Max Black.
30. What Metaphors Mean: Donald Davidson.
31. Metaphor and Feeling: Ted Cohen.
32. Metaphor and Prop Oriented Make-Believe: Kendall Walton.
Part VII: Interpretation:.
33. Who Is Responsible in Ethical Criticism, And for What?: Wayne C. Booth.
34. Criticism as Retrieval: Richard Wollheim.
35. The Postulated Author: Critical Monism as a Regulative Ideal: Alexander Nehamas.
36. Art Interpretation: Robert Stecker.
37. Art, Intention, and Conversation: Noël Carroll.
38. Intention and Interpretation: Jerrold Levinson.
39. Style and Personality in the Literary Work: Jenefer Robinson.
Part VIII: Literary Values:.
40. Xingu: Edith Wharton.
41. On the Cognitive Triviality of Art: Jerome Stolnitz.
42. Literature and Knowledge: Catherine Wilson.
43. Finely Aware and Richly Responsible: Martha Nussbaum.
44. Literature, Truth, and Philosophy: Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen.
45. The Ethical Criticism of Art: Berys Gaut.
"These essays, taken together, constitute a serious and probing exploration of several of the most fundamental philosophical puzzles about literature. They are also accessible, engaging, and frequently a lot of fun. A superb collection!" Kendall Walton, University of Michigan
- Collects together for the first time the essential readings in the philosophy of literature
- Contains 45 substantial and carefully chosen essays and extracts
- Provides a balanced and coherent overview of developments in the field during the past 30 years, including influential work on fiction, interpretation, metaphor, literary value, and the definition and ontology of literature
- Includes an additional historical section featuring generous selections of the writings of early pioneers such as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Hume
- Serves as an ideal introduction to the philosophy of literature or the philosophy of art, as well as a handy compilation of contributions to the field by its leading figures