Literature and the Human

Literature and the Human

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Why does literature matter? What is its human value? Historical approaches to literature have for several decades prevailed over the idea that literary works can deepen our understanding of fundamental questions of existence. This book re-affirms literature's existential value by developing a new critical vocabulary for thinking about literature's human meaningfulness. It puts this vocabulary into practice through close reading of a wide range of texts, from The Second Wakefield Shepherdsa€™ Play to Mohsin Hamida€™s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Individual chapters discuss: Literaturea€™s engagement of the emotions Literaturea€™s humanisation of history Literaturea€™s treatment of universals and particulars The depth of reflection provoked by literary works Literature as a special kind of seeing and framing The question at the heart of the volume, of why literature matters, makes this book relevant to all students and professors of literature.([performed 1614] 1985), it degenerates into a violent orgy of narcissistic egomania in John Forda#39;s a#39;Tis Pity Shea#39;s a Whore ... The next chapter maintains this chaptera#39;s focus upon the affective power ofliterature, butits emphasis shiftstohistory and the a#39;magicala#39; capacity of ... S.White whomade thislast point at a conference on a#39;Shakespeare and EarlyModern Emotiona#39; atthe University of Hull, June 2011.

Title:Literature and the Human
Author: Andy Mousley
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-05-29

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