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Philosophy of Literature: An Introduction

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ISBN-13: 978-0415144865
ISBN-10: 0415144868
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..."a cogent, careful, comprehensive, balanced and authoritative introduction to the philosophical discussion of literature."
-"Philosophy in Review
"A comprehensive introduction to the philosophy of literature, which summarizes arguments concisely and clearly."
-Dabney Townsend, Armstrong Atlantic State University
"This is an intelligent, scrupulously fairminded, closely argued treatment of central topics in the philosophy of literature."
-Peter Lemarque, University of Hull

About the Author

Christopher New was born in England and educated at Oxford and Princeton. He is the author of many books, among them "The China Coast Trilogy", (the New York Times Bestseller, "Shanghai", "The Chinese Box", "A Change of Flag"). These novels have been described as the definitive account of the British Presence in furthest Asia, and a literary feat of the highest quality, and have been widely translated. Formerly the head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Hong Kong, Christopher New is the author of "The Philosophy of Literature". He divides his time between Bankok and Berlin.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (March 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415144868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415144865
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,133,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher New was born in England and was educated at Oxford and Princeton Universities. Philosopher as well as novelist, he founded the Philosophy Department in Hong Kong University, where he taught for many years whilst writing The China Coast Trilogy (Shanghai, The Chinese Box and A Change of Flag) and Goodbye Chairman Mao, as well as The Philosophy of Literature.
He now divides his time between Europe and Asia and has written novels set in India (The Road to Maridur), Egypt (A Small Place in the Desert) and Europe (The Kaminsky Cure). His books have been translated into Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese. His latest novel, Gage Street Courtesan, appeared in March 2013.
Visit his homepage at www.christophernew.com

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By A Customer on April 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book raises some interesting questions, but New's method of answering them is throughly obnoxious. He presents other theories in brief and proceeds to shoot them down without giving a reader ample chance (or information) to contemplate any theory but his own. Also, there are mistakes in describing certain theories. The chapters are: What is literature? clearing the ground; What is literature? Definitions and resemblances; Fiction; Psychological reactions to fiction; Imagination; Metaphor; Interpretation and Intention; Literature, truth, and morality; and Literary appraisals. The book is theory-oriented, and if literary theory is what you're interested in, look elsewhere. New's book is inadequate both in the areas of explanation (of any theories except his own; incidentally, his prose is not good at all) and argument (as there is never adequate chance to explore other theories, which are described poorly and sometimes incorrectly). If you want to learn about literary theory, keep looking.
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