English Literature

Reply Mon 14 Sep, 2009 05:39 pm
What book would give me a philosophic take on the purposes/roles of English Literature?
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Reply Mon 14 Sep, 2009 06:16 pm
@The Pentacle Queen,
The Pentacle Queen wrote:

What book would give me a philosophic take on the purposes/roles of English Literature?

The preface/introduction to virtually any and every university-level survey volume of English literature.
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Reply Tue 15 Sep, 2009 01:18 am
@The Pentacle Queen,
Try William Shakespeare. Philosophy is tied to politics and started out with political analysis by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Philosophy and Politics are like non-identical twins. The political drama of Kings and Emperors by Shakespeare has never been surpassed. The scheming, guilt and atrocities are all played on the Shakespearean stage. I hated taking Shakespeare with the Elizabethan English as a schoolboy but reading the historical events made appreciate Shakespeare a little more. Shakespeare is like an historical novel except in verse and in old English.
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Reply Tue 15 Sep, 2009 09:29 am
@The Pentacle Queen,
What about Iris Murdoch. She's not going to give you an overview, but a lot of her writings and novels are philosphical. The Black Prince comes to mind.
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