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Philosophy of the Novel


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Barry Stocker
    Pages 1-17
  3. Barry Stocker
    Pages 19-57
  4. Barry Stocker
    Pages 59-85
  5. Barry Stocker
    Pages 87-113
  6. Barry Stocker
    Pages 143-173
  7. Barry Stocker
    Pages 175-201
  8. Barry Stocker
    Pages 203-228
  9. Barry Stocker
    Pages 229-255
  10. Barry Stocker
    Pages 257-291
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 293-321

About this book


This book explores the aesthetics of the novel from the perspective of Continental European philosophy, presenting a theory on the philosophical definition and importance of the novel as a literary genre. It analyses a variety of individuals whose work is reflected in both theoretical literary criticism and Continental European aesthetics, including Mikhail Bakhtin, Georg Lukács, Theodor Adorno, and Walter Benjamin. Moving through material from eighteenth century and ancient Greek philosophy and aesthetics, the book provides comprehensive coverage of the major positions on the philosophy of the novel. Distinctive features include the importance of Vico’s view of the epic to understanding the novel, the importance of Kierkegaard’s view of the novel and irony along with his other aesthetic views, the different possibilities associated with seeing the novel as ‘mimetic’ and the importance of Proust in understanding the genre in all its philosophical aspects, relating the issue of the philosophical aesthetics of the novel with the issue of philosophy written as a novel and the interaction between these two alternative positions.


poetics epic idealism romanticism irony reflection subjectivity history time mimesis narrative

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Istanbul Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey

About the authors

Barry Stocker teaches philosophy at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. He is the author of Derrida on Deconstruction (2006) and Kierkegaard on Politics (2014). He is the editor of Post-Analytic Tractatus (2004) and Derrida: Basic Writings (2007). He is the co-editor of Nietzsche as Political Philosopher (2014).

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