The essays in this 1996 volume explore the ways in which traditional philosophical problems about self-knowledge, self-identity, and value have migrated into literature since the Romantic and Idealist periods. How do so-called literary works take up these problems in a new way? What conception of the subject is involved in this literary practice? How are the lines of demarcation between philosophy and literature problematised? The contributors examine these issues with reference both to Romantic and Idealist writers and to some of their literary and philosophical inheritors and revisers. Their essays offer a philosophical understanding of the roots and nature of contemporary literary and philosophical practice, and elaborate, powerful and influential, but rarely decisively articulated, conceptions of the human subject and of value.
• Was the most wide-ranging critical and philosophical scrutiny of Romantic and Idealist thought and writing available at the time of publication • Distinguished team of contributors • Will have broad appeal to readers in aesthetics, literature and history of art
1. Introduction: from representation to poiesis Richard Eldridge; 2. Confession and forgiveness: Hegel's poetics of action J. M. Bernstein; 3. The values of articulation: aesthetics after the aesthetic ideology Charles Altieri; 4. In their own voice: philosophical writing and actual experience Arthur C. Danto; 5. Poetry and truth-conditions Samuel Fleischaker; 6. Fractal contours: chaos and system in the Romantic fragment Azade Seyhan; 7. The mind's horizon Stanley Bates; 8. Kant, Hölderlin, and the experience of longing Richard Eldridge; 9. Wordsworth and the reception of poetry Michael Fischer; 10. Self-consciousness, social guilt, and Romantic poetry: Coleridge's Ancient Mariner and Wordsworth's Old Pedlar Kenneth R. Johnston; 11. Her blood and his mirror: Mary Coleridge, Luce Irigaray and the female self Christine Battersby; 12. Scene: an exchange of letters Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy.
Review of the hardback: 'A greater measure of agreement will only be possible when more books of the quality of Beyond Representation have painted their grey on grey, and reshaped our understanding of the ethics and aesthetics of Romanticism.' John Kerrigan, The Times Literary Supplement