Literature and Materialisms

1st Edition

Frederic Neyrat

Routledge
January 20, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9781138675704 - CAT# Y231516
Series: Literature and Contemporary Thought

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Summary

Literature and Materialisms sheds light on the current new wave of materialisms and assesses the impact on literary theory and criticism. It maps the similarities and differences between speculative realism, object-oriented philosophy, thing theory, and vibrant vitalism. A genealogy of materialisms, vitalisms, empiricisms, and realist approaches - from Democritus to Badiou, including Lucretius, Spinoza, Diderot, Hume, Schelling, Marx, Prigogine, Deleuze, Malabou, Bennett, and other contemporary thinkers - puts these new trends into perspective.

This book investigates the relations between literature and materialism and analyses the material aspects of literature, its structure and texture, its commodification and its capacity to resist market imperatives. It explores how literary style might be understood as a mediation between the ‘immaterial’ and the concrete features of a text.

This volume provides students and academics with an accessible overview of the study of literature and materialism.

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