• Introduction: Logic and Literary Form

    Author(s):
    Jeffrey Blevins (see profile) , Daniel Williams
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    American Literature, English Literature, Literary theory, Narrative theory and Narratology, Poetics and Poetry
    Subject(s):
    Literature, Logic, Formalism (Literary analysis), Modernism (Literature), Literature, Medieval, Art, Victorian, Philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    literature, logic
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/nkk5-c789
    Abstract:
    Although literature and logic share a number of surprising symmetries and historical contacts, they have typically been seen to occupy separate disciplinary spheres. Declaring a subfield in literary studies-logic and literature-this introduction outlines various connections between literary formalism and formal logic. It surveys historical interactions and reciprocal influences between literary and logical writers from antiquity through the twentieth century, and it examines how literary theory and criticism have been institutionally shadowed by a logical unconscious, from the New Criticism and (post)structuralism to recent debates about historicism and formalism. It further considers how the subfield of logic and literature, in its constitutive attention to form, is neatly positioned to cut across these debates, and it sketches ways of reading at the interface of aesthetics, philosophy of literature, and literary studies that might be energized by an appeal to logical contexts, ideas, and methods.
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    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    5 months ago
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