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Literature and Consolation (Fictions of Comfort)

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By focusing on a number of significant moments in the interlocking histories of the book’s two central concepts--literature and consolation--this study makes readers aware of the premises that underlie the assumption that literary writings can bring comfort. What is it in literary texts that provides this special experience? How does literature help us to understand what consolation means and the effects it can have on individual readers?

The intersecting ideas of literature and consolation in Homer, Dante, Shakespeare and Flaubert through to Roland Barthes, Denise Riley and Julian Barnes, guide today’s readers on how literature provides examples, food for thought and good companionship in times of grief and pain. Taking its cue from the rich history of consolatory thinking, the book shows how writers from different times have explored the potential of their writing to offer solace. The result of these explorations, this book argues, has shaped the history of Western literature decisively.

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    Author:
    Jürgen Pieters
    Format:
    Hardcover
    Pages:
    320
    Publisher:
    Edinburgh University Press (May 21, 2021)
    Language:
    English
    Audience:
    Professional and scholarly
    ISBN-13:
    9781474456555
    ISBN-10:
    1474456553
    Weight:
    21.59oz
    Dimensions:
    6.14" x 9.21"
    File:
    TWO RIVERS-PERSEUS-Metadata_Only_Perseus_Distribution_Customer_Group_Metadata_20211013162359-20211014.xml
    Folder:
    TWO RIVERS
    List Price:
    $110.00
    Case Pack:
    22
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    $84.70
    Publisher Identifier:
    P-PER
    Discount Code:
    A