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Philosophy as World Literature by Jeffrey R. Di Leo, ISBN-13: 978-1501351877

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Philosophy as World Literature by Jeffrey R. Di Leo, ISBN-13: 978-1501351877

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  • Publisher: ‎ Bloomsbury Academic (November 26, 2020)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 304 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1501351877
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1501351877

What does it mean to consider philosophy as a species of not just literature but world literature? The authors in this collection explore philosophy through the lens of the “worlding” of literature–that is, how philosophy is connected and reconnected through global literary networks that cross borders, mix stories, and speak in translation and dialect.

Historically, much of the world’s most influential philosophy, from Plato’s dialogues and Augustine’s confessions to Nietzsche’s aphorisms and Sartre’s plays, was a form of literature–as well as, by extension, a form of world literature. Philosophy as World Literature offers a variety of accounts of how the worlding of literature problematizes the national categorizing of philosophy and brings new meanings and challenges to the discussion of intersections between philosophy and literature.

Jeffrey R. Di Leo is Professor of English and Philosophy at the University of Houston-Victoria, USA. He is Editor of the American Book Review, Founding Editor of the journal symploke, and Executive Director of the Society for Critical Exchange and its Winter Theory Institute. His recent publications includeThe End of American Literature: Essays from the Late Age of Print (2019), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary and Cultural Theory (Bloomsbury, 2019), What’s Wrong with Antitheory? (Bloomsbury, 2020), Philosophy as World Literature (Bloomsbury, 2020), and Vinyl Theory (2020).

Thomas O. Beebee is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and German, Penn State University, USA. He is the author of Millennial Literatures of the Americas, 1492-2002 (2008), Epistolary Fiction in Europe (1999), The Ideology of Genre: A Comparative Study of Generic Instability (1994) and Clarissa on the Continent: Translation and Seduction (1990).

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