Self-Reflection in Literature

Lippert, F. (ed.) & Schmid, M. (ed.), 19-Dec-2019, Leiden: Brill. 283 p. (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft; vol. 202)

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Self-reflection is fundamental for human thinking on many levels. Philosophy has described the mind's capacity to observe itself as a core element of human existence. Political and social sciences have shown how modern democracies depend on society's ability to critically reflect on their own values and practices. And literature of all ages has proven self-reflexivity to be a crucial trait of cultural production.

This volume provides the first diachronic panorama of genres, forms, and functions of literary self-reflection and their connections with social, political and philosophical discourses from the 17th century to the present. Far beyond the usual focus on postmodernist opacity, these contributions present a rich tradition of critical transparency: Literary texts that show us what is behind and beyond them.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages283
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-40711-4
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-40693-3
Publication statusPublished - 19-Dec-2019

Publication series

NameInternationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft
ISSN (Electronic)1879-646X

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