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Aesthetics and literature : a problematic relation?

Lamarque, Peter (2007) Aesthetics and literature : a problematic relation? Philosophical Studies. pp. 27-40. ISSN 0031-8116

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Abstract

The paper argues that there is a proper place for literature within aesthetics but that care must be taken in identifying just what the relation is. In characterising aesthetic pleasure associated with literature it is all too easy to fall into reductive accounts, for example, of literature as merely "fine writing". Belleslettrist or formalistic accounts of literature are rejected, as are two other kinds of reduction, to pure meaning properties and to a kind of narrative realism. The idea is developed that literature-both poetry and prose fiction-invites its own distinctive kind of aesthetic appreciation which far from being at odds with critical practice, in fact chimes well with it.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 Springer. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Philosophical Studies. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: literature, aesthetics, appreciation, poetry, narrative
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Philosophy (York)
Depositing User: Ms Diana Hilmer
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2007 15:12
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 09:26
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11098-007-9090-3
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3502

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