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

ISBN 9780367257408
Published August 20, 2019 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


Chapter One

Reclaiming the Self

Chapter Two

Transcendence Through Participation and Action in the Bhagavad Gita

Chapter Three

The Binding of Criseyde and Troilus

Chapter Four

Success and Failure of Transcendence in Christopher Marlowe’s Dido Queene of Carthage and William Shakespeare’s Othello

Chapter Five

Transcendence as Disobedience and Choice in Clarissa, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre...

Chapter Six

Transcendence as Participation

Chapter Seven

Reclaiming A Solemn Bequest: Transcending Fragmentation, Recovering Trust, and Returning from Exile in Silas Marner

Chapter Eight

Transcendence Through Transgression and Kenosis

Epilogue: What Is to Come?



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Michael Bryson is a professor of English at California State University, Northridge, specializing in Shakespeare, Milton, Biblical and Classical literature, literary theory, and the history of European poetry and criticism. His previous books include Love and its Critics, The Atheist Milton, and The Tyranny of Heaven.