Literature and truth: imaginative writing as a medium for ideas

Lansdown, Richard (2017) Literature and truth: imaginative writing as a medium for ideas. Costerus New Series . Brill-Rodopi, Leiden, Netherlands.

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[Publisher's information]: 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.

Item ID: 55861
Item Type: Book (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 9789004356849
Keywords: literary theory, aesthetics, literature, truth
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2018 by Koninklijke Brill nv, Leiden, The Netherlands
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2020 07:21
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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