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Literature and Materialisms

1st Edition

By Frederic Neyrat


248 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Disconcerting Materiality of Literature 1 Materialism and Belief: On Religion and Politics 2 Materialism and Economics: On Marxism, Ideology, and Culture 3 Materialism and Subject: On Anti-Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Feminism 4 Materialism and Life: On New Materialism and Vitalism 5 Materialism and Ontology: On Empiricism, Speculative Realism, and Object-Oriented Ontology 6 Materialism and Realism: On Literary Realism, Naturalism, and Objectivist Poetry 7 Materialism and Matter: On Physics and Quantum Physics 8 Materialism and Language: On Linguistics and Literary Creation Conclusion: Ghost Materialism

About the Author/Editors

Frédéric Neyrat is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

About the Series

Literature and Contemporary Thought

Literature and Contemporary Thought is an interdisciplinary series providing new perspectives and cutting edge thought on the study of Literature and topics such as Animal Studies, Disability Studies and Digital Humanities.

Each title includes chapters on:

  • why the topic is relevant, interesting and important at this moment and how it relates to contemporary debates
  • the background of and a brief introduction to the particular area of study the book is intended to cover
  • when this area of study became relevant to literature, how the relationship between the two areas was initially perceived and how it evolved

A glossary of key terms and annotated further reading will feature in every title. Edited by Ursula Heise and Guillermina De Ferrari this series will be invaluable to students and academics alike as they approach the interdisciplinary study of Literature.

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