OLP & Literary Studies Books: 2000 – 2008

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[First posted 6/18; last updated 7/31]

What this is (short version): A list of books, published between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2008, that either work at the intersection of OLP and literary studies, or would clearly be of interest to scholars who do. This list is a work in progress. Please suggest additions.

(Click here to jump directly to the list of books)

What this is (longer version): One of the goals of this blog is to publicize new books that we think will interest scholars working at the intersection of ordinary language philosophy and literary studies. As a start, we’ve already devoted posts to the recently published Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature (edited by Richard Eldridge) and the forthcoming Evil and Silence (by Richard Fleming), and we’ve also linked to an NDPR review of Stephen Mulhall’s recently published book on J.M. Coetzee and the relationship between philosophy and literature, entitled The Wounded Animal. Because such announcements will inevitably be pushed further and further down the main screen of the blog as new posts are added, we’ve created a list of the titles of such featured “new and forthcoming” books at the upper right of the blog’s screen: the books’ titles are linked to the blog posts in which they are first mentioned. We’re not yet sure how long we’ll let that list of new books become, but at some point, as more titles are added to it, older books will be removed (perhaps we’ll let the list grow to 10 or so titles? We’ll see). We hope this practice will give the book titles continuing visibility as the original posts about them recede in both time and (screen) space.

(As we’ve said before, please email one of the blog editors if you’d like to suggest another new or forthcoming book that you think should be featured on this blog, and please don’t hesitate to suggest a new book of your own!)

Of course, there are many important books published before the beginning of this year that might have been featured on this blog, had it been created more than just a week ago. But the fact that those books have been in print for a while now is no guarantee that those readers (like the various readers of this blog) who would be most interested in them already know of their existence. We’re all familiar with the experience of stumbling upon a wonderful book, right up our intellectual alley, as it were, that somehow eluded our awareness for two, three, or even many more years after its initial publication. To make sure that doesn’t happen to relatively recent (but not quite new) books that either work at the intersection of OLP and literary studies, or would clearly be of interest to scholars who do, we’ve decided to start compiling a list of such books published since the beginning of 2000.

We’ll get things started, and add more titles over time, but please suggest your own additions to this list, either by emailing us, or by leaving your suggested titles in the comments to this post. As more titles are collected, we will add them (and whenever possible, images of the books’ covers) to the main list in the body of this post (see list below). Hopefully, we’ll eventually compile a handy list of OLP & literary studies-related books published between Jan 1, 2000 and Jan 1, 2009.

If this modest experiment in collective bibliography proves successful, we may, in a future post, begin to catalog important articles and essays related to OLP and literary studies as well.

Just as a start, I’ll begin by listing some (11) relevant books which have been published since the beginning of 2005. Know of others published since 2005 that aren’t listed below? Or any published since 2000? Let us know! We’ll add more titles ourselves over time, but please suggest your own additions to the following list…

[note: book titles sorted alphabetically by last name of primary author or editor]

Against Voluptuous Bodies: Late Modernism and the Meaning of Painting (Cultural Memory in the Present)

J.M. Bernstein, Against Voluptuous Bodies: Late Modernism and the Meaning of Painting (2006)

(includes extended discussions of the aesthetics of Cavell and Fried)

Finding a Replacement for the Soul: Mind and Meaning in Literature and Philosophy

Brett Bourbon, Finding a Replacement for the Soul: Mind and Meaning in Literature and Philosophy (2004)

Cities of Words: Pedagogical Letters on a Register of the Moral Life

Stanley Cavell, Cities of Words: Pedagogical Letters on a Register of the Moral Life (2005)

Philosophy the Day after Tomorrow

Stanley Cavell, Philosophy the Day After Tomorrow (2006)

Philosophy and Animal Life by Stanley Cavell

Stanley Cavell, Cora Diamond, John McDowell, Ian Hacking, Cary Wolfe (ed.), Philosophy and Animal Life (2008)

Cavell On Film (Suny Series, Horizons of Cinema)

Stanley Cavell and William Rothman (ed.), Cavell on Film (2005)

Worldly Acts and Sentient Things: The Persistence of Agency from Stein to Delillo

Robert Chodat, Worldly Acts and Sentient Things: The Persistence of Agency from Stein to DeLillo (2008)

Beyond Moral Judgment by Alice Crary

Alice Crary, Beyond Moral Judgment (2007)

Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond (Representation and Mind)

Alice Crary, ed. Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond (2007)

The New Wittgenstein

Alice Crary and Rupert Read, eds., The New Wittgenstein (2000)

Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading by Richard Deming

Literature, Life, and Modernity (Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts)

Quick Add

Richard Eldridge, Literature, Life, and Modernity (2008)

Stanley Cavell (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus)

Richard Eldridge, ed., Stanley Cavell (2003)

The Scandal of the Speaking Body: Don Juan with J. L. Austin, or Seduction in Two Languages (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

Shoshana Felman, Stanley Cavell (new foreword), Judith Butler (new afterword), The Scandal of the Speaking Body: Don Juan with J.L. Austin, or Seduction in Two Languages (2002, new ed.)

Uses of Literature (Blackwell Manifestos)

Rita Felski, Uses of Literature (2007)

First Word Philosophy: Wittgenstein-Austin-Cavell, Writings on Ordinary Language Philosophy

Richard Fleming, First Word Philosophy: Writings on Ordinary Language Philosophy (2004)

Menzel's Realism: Art and Embodiment in Nineteenth-Century Berlin

Michael Fried, Menzel’s Realism: Art and Embodiment in Nineteenth-Century Berlin (2002)

(contains extended discussion of Cavell’s notion of the “everyday”)

Fiction and the Weave of Life

John Gibson, Fiction and the Weave of Life (2008)

Describing Ourselves: Wittgenstein and Autobiographical Consciousness

Garry Hagberg, Describing Ourselves: Wittgenstein and Autobiographical Consciousness (2008)

The Literary Wittgenstein by John Gibson

John Gibson and Wolfgang Huemer, The Literary Wittgenstein (2004)

Contending With Stanley Cavell, Russell B. Goodman, Stanley Cavell, 0195175689

Russell Goodman, ed., Contending with Stanley Cavell (2005)

(all the essays in this volume are strong, but literary scholars will be particularly interested in Garrett Stewart’s contribution, which reflects on the general “avoidance” of Cavell within literary studies)

Stanley Cavell: Skepticism, Subjectivity, and the Ordinary (Key Contemporary Thinkers) by Espen Hammer

Espen Hammer, Stanley Cavell: Skepticism, Subjectivity, and the Ordinary (2002)

Rhetorical Investigations: Studies in Ordinary Language Criticism

Walter Jost, Rhetorical Investigations: Studies in Ordinary Language Criticism (2004)

LOVETH

Sabina Lovibond, Ethical Formation (2002)

The Burdens of Perfection: On Ethics and Reading in Nineteenth-century British Literature

Andrew H. Miller, The Burdens of Perfection: On Ethics and Reading in Nineteenth-Century British Literature (2008)

Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy by Toril Moi

Toril Moi, Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy (2006)

The Legacy of Wittgenstein: Pragmatism or Deconstruction

Ludwig Nagl and Chantal Mouffe, eds., The Legacy of Wittgenstein: Pragmatism or Deconstruction (2001)

(especially recommended in this volume is an essay by Hilary Putnam on the debate between Steven Affeldt and Stephen Mulhall on the proper interpretation of Cavell’s notion of criteria)

The Claim to Community: Essays on Stanley Cavell And Political Philosophy

Andrew Norris, ed., The Claim to Community: Essays on Stanley Cavell and Political Philosophy (2006)

Reading Cavell's the World Viewed: A Philosophical Perspective on Film (Contemporary Film and Television Series)

William Rothman and Marian Keane, Reading Cavell’s the World Viewed: A Philosophical Perspective on Film (2000)

Stanley Cavell's American Dream: Shakespeare, Philosophy, and Hollywood Movies

Lawrence Rhu, Stanley Cavell’s American Dream: Shakespeare, Philosophy, and Hollywood Movies (2006)

3 thoughts on “OLP & Literary Studies Books: 2000 – 2008

  1. I hope some readers might be interested in the following:-

    M.W.Rowe, Philip Larkin: Art and Self; Five Studies (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011). It contains a good deal about philosophy and literature, point of view, Kant, the aesthetic, Flaubert, the ordinary etc

    M.W.Rowe, Philosophy and Literature: A Book of Essays (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004). Its nine essays include studies of Wittgenstein, Goethe, Arnold, Aristotle and Shakespeare, literature and truth, the philosophy of criticism, and so forth.

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