Literature, Life, And Modernity

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Literature, Life, And Modernity


Literary form, Eldridge argues, generates structures of care, reflection, and investment within readers, shaping - if not stabilizing - their interactions with everyday objects and events. Through the experience of literary forms of attention, readers may come to think and live more actively, more fully engaging with modern life, rather than passively suffering it. Eldridge considers the thought of Descartes, Kant, Adorno, Benjamin, Stanley Cavell, and Charles Taylor in his discussion of Goethe, Wordsworth, Rilke,Stoppard, and Sebald, advancing a philosophy of literature that addresses our desire to read and the meaning and satisfaction that literary attention brings to our fragmented modern lives.--BOOK JACKET

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