Between Terror and Freedom: Politics, Philosophy, and Fiction Speak of Modernity

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Simona Goi, Frederick Michael Dolan
Lexington Books, 2006 - Philosophy - 375 pages
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In this volume, Simona Goi and Frederick M. Dolan gather stimulating arguments for the indispensability of fiction including poetry, drama, and film as irreplaceable sites for wrestling with nature, meaning, shortcomings, and the future of modern politics. Between Terror and Freedom brings to the surface an understanding of modernity as a multifaceted and dynamic narrative as it relates to politics, philosophy, and fiction. Collecting essays across fields, Goi and Dolan challenge strict disciplinary boundaries. This is not meant to be read as another contribution to the debate of whether literature is, can, or should be political. Between Terror and Freedom instead reveals how literature illuminates and expands our understanding of philosophical and political questions. Political theorists, philosophers, cultural scholars, and rhetoricians offer a fresh perspective on the questions of our age and the paradoxes of modernity when they read literature."
 

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Contents

Thinking and Poetry Wallace Stevens and the Terrors of Modernity
3
Phantom Wisdom Kants Transcendental Sophistry
15
Cervantes as Educator Don Quixote and the Practice of Pessimism
43
Albert Camus on Tragedy and the Ambiguities of Politics
71
Stirring Up of Passion Must We Fear an Aesthetic Politics?
87
On the Terror of Polis Freedom From Martin Heidegger to Jan Patočka and the Czech Velvet Revolution
119
Theodicies of Corruption
173
Despotic Observation Montesquieu and the Sociology of Law
195
Food and Freedom in The Flounder
223
O Happy Livings Frankenfoods and the Bounds of Wordsworthian Natural Peity
249
Against Heroes Arendt and McCarthy on the Social
291
A Superior Disorder The WritingEditing and Censorship of Madame Bovary
321
Written and Unwritten America Roth on Reading Politics and Theory
361
List of Contributors
375
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About the author (2006)

Simona Goi is associate professor of political science at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Frederick Michael Dolan is a member of the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Rhetoric.

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