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Towards a new literary humanism

Author: Andy Mousley
Publisher: Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Literature cultivates "deep selves" for whom books matter because they take over from religion fundamental questions about the meaning of existence. This volume embraces and questions this perspective, while also developing a "new humanist' critical vocabulary which specifies, and therefore opens to debate, the human significance of literature"--
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andy Mousley
ISBN: 9780230238152 0230238157
OCLC Number: 666237221
Description: xii, 244 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / Andy Mousley --
Part I. Literature as Ersatz Theology: Deep selves: Introduction / Andy Mousley; Faith, feeling, reality: Anne Brontë as an existentialist poet / Rebecca Styler; Virginia Woolf, sympathy and feeling for the human / Kirsty Martin; Being human and being animal in twentieth-century horse-whispering writings: 'Word-bound creatures' and 'the Breath of horses' / Elspeth Graham; Judith Butler and the catachretic human / Inge Arteel --
Part II. Scepticism, or Humanism at the Limit: Introduction / Andy Mousley; Shakespeare's refusers: humanism at the limit / Richard Chamberlain; Why Eliot killed Lydgate: 'Joyful Cruelty' in Middlemarch / Steven Earnshaw; Atomised: Mary Midgley and Michel Houellebecq / Jeff Wallace; Humanity without itself: Robert Musil, Giorgio Agamben and posthumanism / Ivan Callus and Stefan Herbrechter --
Part III. Literature, Democracy, Humanisms from Below: Introduction / Andy Mousley; Mobilising unbribable life: the politics of contemporary poetry in Bosnia and Herzegovina / Damir Arsenijević; HUM ( -an, -ane, -anity, -anities, -anism, -anise) / Mark Robson; Humanising Marx: theory and fiction in the Fin de Siècle British Socialist periodical / Deborah Mutch' Civic humanism: Said, Brecht and Coriolanus / Nigel Wood.
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