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Language, Truth, and Literature: A Defence of Literary Humanism

Richard Gaskin


According to the literary humanist, works of literature refer to the real world and make statements about that world which are of cognitive as well as aesthetic value; the two kinds of value are indeed intimately connected. This humanist also holds that such works have an objective meaning which is fixed at the time of their production and which is the same for all readers, then and thereafter. This book aims to defend literary humanism, so understood, against attacks from two directions. On the one hand, some analytically minded aestheticians have argued that works of literature do not bear r ... More

Keywords: literature, literary humanism, literary works, cognitive value, aesthetic value, truth, reference, reception theory, deconstruction, poststructuralism, politicization of literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657902
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Gaskin, author
University of Liverpool