New PDF release: Literature, Life, and Modernity (Columbia Themes in

By Richard Eldridge

ISBN-10: 0231144547

ISBN-13: 9780231144544

Richard Eldridge explores the power of dense and officially fascinating literature to reply to the complexities of recent lifestyles. past easy leisure, tricky smooth works domesticate reflective intensity and support their readers order and interpret their lives as matters on the subject of advanced economies and technological structures. via imagining themselves within the function of the protagonist or the authorial personality, readers develop into immersed in constructions of sustained realization, lower 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 readers, shaping& mdash;if no longer stabilizing& mdash;their interactions with daily items and occasions. in the course of the adventure of literary varieties of cognizance, readers could come to imagine and stay extra actively, extra absolutely enticing with smooth existence, instead of passively pain it. Eldridge considers the concept 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 which means and delight that literary recognition brings to our fragmented sleek lives.

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