Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida: A Defence of Poetry

Cambridge University Press (1995)
This timely book argues that the institutionalisation of literary theory, particularly within American and British academic circles, has led to a sterility of thought which ignores the special character of literary art. Mark Edmundson traces the origins of this tendency to the ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry, in which Plato took the side of philosophy; and he shows how the work of modern theorists - Foucault, Derrida, de Man and Bloom - exhibits similar drives to subsume poetic art into some 'higher' kind of thought. Challenging and controversial, this book should be read by all teachers of literature and of theory, and by anyone concerned about the future of institutionalised literary studies.
Keywords Literature Theory, etc  Poetics  Literature Philosophy
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Call number PN81.E25 1995
ISBN(s) 0521410932   0521485320   9780521485326  
DOI 10.2307/431612
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