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Literature and truth : imaginative writing as a medium for ideas

Author: Richard Lansdown
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill Rodopi, [2018]
Series: Costerus, new ser., v. 222.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 'Literature and Truth' Richard Lansdown continues a discussion concerning the truth-bearing status of imaginative literature that pre-dates Plato. The book opens with a general survey of contemporary approaches in philosophical aesthetics, and a discussion of the contribution to the question made by British philosopher R. G. Collingwood in particular, in his 'Speculum Mentis'. It then offers six case-studies from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Lansdown
ISBN: 9789004356849 9004356843
OCLC Number: 1014319226
Description: xiv, 222 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part 1. "Nothing affirms and therefore never lieth": Cognitive and non-cognitive accounts of imaginative literature --
"The birthplace of truth": Collingwood's Speculum Mentis --
Part 2. The printed medium: Wordsworth and books --
Stoicism and Christianity: Byron's Don Juan --Evangelicalism and evolution: James Montgomery's Pelican Island --
Tragedy and evolution: The Woodlanders --
Humanism and after: Ibsen's Little Eyolf --
Politics and art: James Kelman's Not not while the giro --
From the other shore: Bronislaw Malinowski's A diary in the strict sense of the term
Series Title: Costerus, new ser., v. 222.
Responsibility: by Richard Lansdown.

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In 'Literature and Truth' Richard Lansdown continues a discussion concerning the truth-bearing status of imaginative literature that pre-dates Plato. The book opens with a general survey of contemporary approaches in philosophical aesthetics, and a discussion of the contribution to the question made by British philosopher R. G. Collingwood in particular, in his 'Speculum Mentis'. It then offers six case-studies from the Romantic era to the contemporary one as to how imaginative authors have variously dealt with bodies of discursive thought such as Stoicism, Christianity, evolution, humanism, and socialism. It concludes with a reading going in the other direction, in which the diary of Bronislaw Malinowski is seen in terms of the anthropologist?s reading habits during his legendary Trobriander fieldwork.

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