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The Resource How to do things with fictions, Joshua Landy

How to do things with fictions, Joshua Landy

Label
How to do things with fictions
Title
How to do things with fictions
Statement of responsibility
Joshua Landy
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Why does Mark's Jesus speak in parables? Why does Plato's Socrates make bad arguments? Why are Beckett's novels so inscrutable? And why don't stage magicians even pretend to summon spirits anymore? In a series of captivating chapters on Mark, Plato, Beckett, Mallarmé, and Chaucer, Joshua Landy not only answers these questions but explains why they are worth asking in the first place. Witty and approachable, How to Do Things with Fictions challenges the widespread assumption that literary texts must be informative or morally improving in order to be of any real benefit. It reveals that authors are sometimes best thought of not as entertainers or as educators but as personal trainers of the brain, putting their willing readers through exercises designed to fortify specific mental capacities, from form-giving to equanimity, from reason to faith. Delivering plenty of surprises along the way--that moral readings of literature can be positively dangerous; that the parables were deliberately designed to be misunderstood; that Plato knowingly sets his main character up for a fall; that metaphor is powerfully connected to religious faith; that we can sustain our beliefs even when we suspect them to be illusions--How to Do Things with Fictions convincingly shows that our best allies in the struggle for more rigorous thinking, deeper faith, richer experience, and greater peace of mind may well be the imaginative writings sitting on our shelves."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Landy, Joshua
Dewey number
808.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN3335
LC item number
.L26 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fiction
  • Books and reading
  • Books and reading
  • Fiction
Label
How to do things with fictions, Joshua Landy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Chaucer : ambiguity and ethics -- Mark : metaphor and faith -- Mallarmé : irony and enchantment -- Plato : fallacy and logic -- Beckett : antithesis and tranquility
Control code
ocn754908680
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 250 p.
Isbn
9780199378203
Lccn
2011036654
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195188561
  • (OCoLC)754908680
Label
How to do things with fictions, Joshua Landy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Chaucer : ambiguity and ethics -- Mark : metaphor and faith -- Mallarmé : irony and enchantment -- Plato : fallacy and logic -- Beckett : antithesis and tranquility
Control code
ocn754908680
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 250 p.
Isbn
9780199378203
Lccn
2011036654
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195188561
  • (OCoLC)754908680

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