Philosophy as World Literature – eBook PDF
What does it mean to study philosophy as a species of not just literature but world literature? The authors in this group explore philosophy through the lens of the “worlding” of literature–that is, how philosophy is linked and reconnected through global literary networks that cross borders, merge stories, and speak in translation and dialect.
Factually, much of the world’s most influential philosophy, from Augustine’s confessions and Plato’s dialogues to Nietzsche’s aphorisms and Sartre’s plays, was a type of literature–as well as, by extension, a type of world literature. Philosophy as World Literature (PDF) provides a variety of accounts of how the worlding of literature problematizes the national categorizing of philosophy and brings new challenges and meanings to the discussion of intersections between philosophy and literature.
“This is a timely, important, and much-needed collection of essays that not only builds bridges between literature and philosophy, but stresses the importance of global networks for both fields.” ― Susan Bassnett, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Glasgow, UK, and President of the British Comparative Literature Association
“Definitely those of us who have long argued for the sisterhood of literature and philosophy,and labored to contribute to the tradition of an American philosophical fiction, will welcome Philosophy as World Literature with a cheer. But everyone and anyone who cares deeply about literature and philosophy will be grateful for this huge, necessary, and magnificent collection of illuminating essays.” ― Charles Johnson, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Washington, USA
“Philosophy as World Literature is a helpful contemporary intervention in the long-running quarrel between the poets and philosophers. By reconceiving their relation in terms of the shared problem of ‘worlding,’ it substitutes old struggles over universality with concrete issues of migration, translation, colonization, and alterity. In the process, a philosophical work’s textually or a novel’s philosophical significance is shown to be determined, before any theoretical debate, by the facts of its translation, anthologizing, and circulation through networks that are global in scope.” ― Ralph M. Berry, Emeritus Professor of English, Florida State University, USA
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