The Literary Work of Art: An Investigation on the Borderlines of Ontology, Logic, and Theory of Literature

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Northwestern University Press, Jun 1, 1974 - Literary Criticism - 415 pages
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This long-awaited translation of Das literarische Kunstwerk makes available for the first time in English Roman Ingarden's influential study. Though it is inter-disciplinary in scope, situated as it is on the borderlines of ontology and logic, philosophy of literature and theory of language, Ingarden's work has a deliberately narrow focus: the literary work, its structure and mode of existence.

The Literary Word of Art establishes the groundwork for a philosophy of literature, i.e., an ontology in terms of which the basic general structure of all lliterary works can be determined. This "essential anatomy" makes basic tools and concepts available for rigorous and subtle aesthetic analysis.
 

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Contents

Foreword by David Michael Levin
xv
Translators Introduction
xlv
Preface to the First German Edition Ixxi
lxxi
Preface to the Third German Edition Ixxviii
lxxviii
Introduction
3
Elimination of Factors Extraneous to the Structure of
20
The Basic Structure of the Literary Work
29
The Stratum of Meaning Units
62
The Role of the Stratum of Schematized Aspects in
276
Decorative and other aesthetically relevant prop
284
Metaphysical qualities essences
290
Is the manifestation of metaphysical qualities
296
Conclusion of the analysis of the strata
304
Borderline Cases
317
The Life of a Literary Work
331
The Ontic Position of a Literary Work
356

The Role of the Stratum of Meaning Units in the Literary
186
Other modes of representation by means of states
197
The role of meaning units as a special material
210
The Stratum of Represented Objects
217
The Stratum of Schematized Aspects
255
Concluding Reflections on the Literary Work
369
The Functions of Language in the Thea
377
Selected Bibliography
397
Index I
405
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Roman Witold Ingarden (February 5, 1893 – June 14, 1970) was a Polish philosopher who worked in phenomenology, ontology and aesthetics. Before World War II, Ingarden published his works mainly in the German language. During the war, he switched to Polish, and as a result his major works in ontology went largely unnoticed by the wider world philosophical community.

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