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The Philosophy of Literature

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By exploring central issues in the philosophy of literature, illustrated by a wide range of novels, poems, and plays, "Philosophy of Literature" gets to the heart of why literature matters to us and sheds new light on the nature and interpretation of literary works. Provides a comprehensive study, along with original insights, into the philosophy of literature Develops a u ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Blackwell Publishers (first published 2008)
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Mar 03, 2015 Derek rated it it was amazing
Lamarque provides an excellent introduction to the philosophy of literature from an analytic perspective. Thus, one shouldn't expect too much discussion of continental views. Nevertheless, there is some engagement with the continental tradition, but the approach is significantly analytic.

He surveys throughout the book many of the major positions and arguments. I used this book to introduce the philosophy of literature to my students, and I felt like it did its job well. Still, my students compla
Sep 18, 2015 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Found this really interesting, and thought it really helped get a person up to speed on many of thoughts and arguments within the Philosophy of Literature, and explained them really well, offering a solid set of arguments against and in support of them, affording the reader a clear (and fairly persuasive) understanding of how Lamarque has arrived at his opinion, without feeling too forceful. I think there are a few ideas that have not been explored as much as I would like, but then that's in the ...more
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Nov 07, 2014 Leen Verheyen rated it really liked it
A very good introduction in the main debates in the philosophy of literature. Unfortunately, to a large extent references to continental thinkers and views are missing.
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