The Humanist (Re)Turn: Reclaiming the Self in Literature

1st Edition

Michael Bryson

August 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9780367257408 - CAT# 309280
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature


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The exciting new book argues for a renewed emphasis on humanism--contrary to the trend of post-humanism, or what Neema Parvini calls "the anti-humanism" of the last several decades of literary and theoretical scholarship. In this trail-blazing study, Michael Bryson argues for this renewal of perspective by covering literature written in different languages, times, and places, calling for a return to a humanism, which focuses on literary characters and their psychological and existential struggles—not struggles of competition, but of connection, the struggles of fragmented, incomplete individuals for integration, wholeness, and unity.

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