Literature, Life, and Modernity (Columbia Themes in by Richard Eldridge

By Richard Eldridge

Richard Eldridge explores the power of dense and officially fascinating literature to reply to the complexities of contemporary lifestyles. past basic leisure, tough glossy works domesticate reflective intensity and aid their readers order and interpret their lives as matters when it comes to complicated economies and technological structures. through imagining themselves within the function of the protagonist or the authorial personality, readers develop into immersed in buildings of sustained realization, below which concrete chances of significant existence, besides problems that block their attention, are tracked and clarified.

Literary shape, Eldridge argues, generates constructions of care, mirrored image, and funding inside of readers, shaping& mdash;if now not stabilizing& mdash;their interactions with daily gadgets and occasions. during the adventure of literary kinds of recognition, readers may perhaps come to imagine and dwell extra actively, extra totally attractive with sleek lifestyles, instead of passively ache it. Eldridge considers the idea 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 consciousness brings to our fragmented sleek lives.

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