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The Singularity of Literature - Launch Party

Celebrate with us!

On 17 May 6-8pm GMT we invite you to join us for the launch of Derek Attridge’s literary classic “The Singularity of Literature”. You can either join us live at Blackwell's in Edinburgh or watch and participate via Facebook LIVE.

Literature and Ethics: Friends or Enemies?

Can – or should – literature act as reliable guide to questions of ethics and morality? What is creativity? Has literary theory killed literary criticism? In this event renowned literary theorist Professor Derek Attridge joins Professor Penny Fielding and Alex Thomson (both of Edinburgh University) to discuss these questions and celebrate the publication of his book The Singularity of Literature in the Routledge Classics series.

The Singularity of Literature

By Derek Attridge

In this outstanding and acclaimed book, Professor Derek Attridge argues that this resistance to definition and reduction is not a dead end, but a crucial starting point from which to explore anew the power and practices of Western art.


"A deeply important book" – Rob Pope, Language and Literature

"A significant and enduring contribution towards readable, ethically engaged literary criticism" – Justin Neuman, Journal of Postcolonial Writing

"This book constitutes a timely, rigorous and thought-provoking alternative to the exigencies of politicised criticism" – Lucy O’Meara, Textual Practice

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Free Chapter Available

To give you an even better idea of what the book is about, we have made the Preface of the book available for you to download.

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Derek Attridge

Derek Attridge is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of York, UK. He is the author or editor of twenty-five books, including Peculiar Language: Literature as Difference from the Renaissance to James Joyce (Routledge, 2004), The Work of Literature (2015) and, with Henry Staten, The Craft of Poetry (Routledge, 2015). He is currently completing The Performance of Poetry: From Homer to Shakespeare.

Penny Fielding

Penny Fielding is Grierson Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She has published widely on literature of the nineteenth century and is now working on a project on secrecy, spying and singularity.

Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson is Senior Lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh. He is a specialist in 19th and 20th century literature and intellectual history, with particular interests in Scottish writing and critical theory. He has published books on Jacques Derrida and Theodor Adorno.

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