The Value(S) Of Literature James S. Hans

ISBN: 9780791402054

Published: July 5th 1990

Hardcover

166 pages


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The Value(S) Of Literature  by  James S. Hans

The Value(S) Of Literature by James S. Hans
July 5th 1990 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 166 pages | ISBN: 9780791402054 | 6.16 Mb

This book addresses the ethical aspects of literature by discussing three major American poets: Walt Whitman, Wallace Stevens, and A. R. Ammons. It develops a philosophical framework by which an ethics of literature can be construed, andMoreThis book addresses the ethical aspects of literature by discussing three major American poets: Walt Whitman, Wallace Stevens, and A.

R. Ammons. It develops a philosophical framework by which an ethics of literature can be construed, and differentiates this view from a purely political criticism on the one hand and a purely disinterested criticism on the other. Beginning with Nietzsche s assumption that the world itself is an aesthetic place, Hans shows how an ethic is always inevitably implicit in the aesthetic through which a writer constructs his work. At the same time, he argues that this ethic never tells us how to live our lives- it only presents us with a series of constructs through which we can begin to understand the nature of valuing in the everyday world.

The book also examines some of the reasons why academics have resisted the ethical aspects of literature, confronting the two major forces in literary criticism today: political writing (chiefly feminist) and post-structuralist (chiefly deconstructionist) writing.The Value(s) of Literature goes beyond Nietzsche and Derrida s critique of Nietzsche, which does not seriously approach the need for positive evaluation of the world.

It is precisely this positive attempt to weigh the value of things anew to which this book is devoted.



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