New book: “Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, Literature, and Criticism” (Loxley & Taylor, eds.)

We’re thrilled to announce the publication of an eagerly anticipated and long-awaited collection of essays: Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, Literature, and Criticism (Manchester University Press), edited by James Loxley (English, University of Edinburgh) and Andrew Taylor (English, University of Edinburgh). This volume is a product of a conference on “Stanley Cavell and Literary Criticism” held at the University of Edinburgh in 2008. According to our friend, Bill Day (a contributor to the volume), the volume is definitely out (he received his complimentary copies just the other day). Amazon.com in the UK has copies ready to ship. However, as of today (June 8), Amazon.com in the US still lists it as forthcoming (with a release date of June 19).

We’re looking forward to reading this collection, as we trust many of our regular readers are as well. Congratulations to the editors and their contributors on the publication of this exciting volume!

Here is the publisher’s description of the book, and below that its table of contents:

Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, Literature and Criticism is the first book to offer a comprehensive examination of the relationship between the celebrated philosophical work of Stanley Cavell and the discipline of literary criticism. From his consideration of Beckett and Shakespeare in his first book, Must We Mean What We Say? (1969) to the recent autobiographical volume Little Did I Know (2010), Cavell’s philosophical concerns have consistently been grounded in the problems and challenges offered by literary texts. His ways of reading offer an arresting challenge to a critical practice that has been more comfortable, over the years, drawing on continental philosophy for the sources of its self-reflection. In its proximity to those continental concerns, and to some of those continental thinkers, Cavell’s work enters readily into dialogue with current theories of criticism. Yet its quiet resistance to assimilation ensures that old problems and assumptions appear in a significant and productive new light, as more and more philosophers, theorists and critics are coming to realise. In this volume, the editors have assembled an impressive range of interlocutors who set out to explore the shape and substance of Stanley Cavell’s persistent acknowledgement of the literary as a category in which, and through which, philosophical work can be undertaken. A number of essays address his engagements with modernism, tragedy, and romanticism, while others consider Cavell’s own aesthetic modes as a writer. Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, Literature, and Criticism will be of interest to all those who are concerned with the ways in which the reading of literature, and the practice of philosophy, might continue both to influence each other across disciplinary boundaries, and to challenge the internal topographies of those disciplines.

Table of contents:

  • Foreword (Stanley Cavell)
  1. Everyday achievements? Literature, philosophy and criticism in the work of Stanley Cavell (James Loxley and Andrew Taylor)
  2. Undoing the doer: modernist criticism and Cavell’s ‘illustrious’ style (Kevin Lamb)
  3. Stanley Cavell’s modernism (R. M. Berry)
  4. Cavell on the human interest of art and philosophy (Brent Kalar)
  5. A soteriology of reading: Cavell’s excerpts from memory (William Day)
  6. Criticism and the risk of the self: Stanley Cavell’s modernism and Elizabeth Bishop’s (Richard Eldridge)
  7. How tragedy ends (Jay Bernstein)
  8. Princes, frogs and crafted men: storytelling in The Claim of Reason (Áine Kelly)
  9. While reading Wittgenstein (K. L. Evans)
  10. The literal truth: Cavell on literality in philosophy and literature (Timothy Gould)
  11. How to do things with Wordsworth (David Rudrum)
  12. Philosophy/literature/criticism/film (Charles Warren)
  13. Thinking in Cavell: the transcendentalist strain (Joan Richardson)

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