Literary Studies and the Philosophy of Literature

New Interdisciplinary Directions

  • Andrea Selleri
  • Philip Gaydon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Andrea Selleri, Philip Gaydon
    Pages 1-14
  3. Interdisciplinary Interaction in Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Catherine Belsey
      Pages 17-35
    3. Stein Haugom Olsen
      Pages 37-64
  4. Interdisciplinary Interaction in Practice

  5. Using the Philosophy of Literature in Literary Studies

  6. Using Literary Studies in the Philosophy of Literature

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-290

About this book


This book is about the interaction between literary studies and the philosophy of literature. It features essays from internationally renowned and emerging philosophers and literary scholars, challenging readers to join them in taking seriously the notion of interdisciplinary study and forging forward in new and exciting directions of thought.

It identifies that literary studies and the philosophy of literature address similar issues: What is literature? What is its value? Why do I care about characters? What is the role of the author in understanding a literary work? What is fiction as opposed to non-fiction? Yet, genuine, interdisciplinary interaction remains scarce. This collection seeks to overcome current obstacles and seek out new paths for exploration.


Literature Foucault Aesthetics Methodology Theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrea Selleri
    • 1
  • Philip Gaydon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of English and Comparative LiteratureUniversity of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom

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