Literature in Society Regina Rudaityte

ISBN: 9781299658714

Published: June 18th 2013

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Literature in Society  by  Regina Rudaityte

Literature in Society by Regina Rudaityte
June 18th 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: 9781299658714 | 6.67 Mb

The essays in this volume focus on the text-world dichotomy that has been a pivotal problem since Plato, implicating notions of mimesis and representation and raising a series of debatable issues. Do literary texts relate only to the fictional worldMoreThe essays in this volume focus on the text-world dichotomy that has been a pivotal problem since Plato, implicating notions of mimesis and representation and raising a series of debatable issues. Do literary texts relate only to the fictional world and not to the real one? Do they not only describe but also perform and thus create and transform reality?

Is literature a mere reflection/expression of society, a field and a tool of political manipulations, a playground to exercise ideological and social power?Herbert Grabes seminal essay Literature in Society/Society and Its Literature, which opens this volume, perfectly captures the essential functions of literature in society, whether it be Derridean belief in a revolutionary potential of literature, the power of literature to say everything, or Hillis Millers view of literature having the potential to create or reveal alternative realities- or, according to Grabes, the ability of literature to offer to society a possibility of self-reflection by way of presenting a double of what is held to be reality- and, last but not least, the ability of literature to considerably contribute to the joy of life by enabling a particular kind of pleasure the pleasure of reading literature.The subsequent essays collected in this volume deal with complex relations between Literature and Society, approaching this issue from different angles and in various historical epochs.

They are on diverse thematics and written from diverse theoretical perspectives, differing in scope and methodology.



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