Stanley Cavell

Philosophy, literature and criticism

Edited by James Loxley

Stanley Cavell

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8431-7
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: June 2012
  • BIC Category: Literature: history & criticism, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, Humanities / Philosophy: aesthetics


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. 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.


Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
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)


James Loxley and Andrew Taylor are both Senior Lecturers in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

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