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The written world

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The contents are described as follows: In The Written World: Space, Literature, and the Chorological Imagination in Early Modern France, Jeffrey N. Peters argues that geographic space may be understood as a foundational, originating principle of literary creation. By way of an innovative reading of chora, a concept developed by Plato in the Timaeus and often construed by philosophical tradition as "space," Peters shows that canonical literary works of the French seventeenth century are guided by what he calls a "chorological" approach to artistic invention. The chorological imagination describes the poetic as a cosmological event that gives location to - or, more accurately, in Plato's terms, receives - the world as an object of thought. In analyses of well-known authors such as Corneille, Molire, Racine, and Madame de Lafayette, Peters demonstrates that the apparent absence of physical space in seventeenth-century literary depiction indicates a subtle engagement with, rather than a rejection of, evolving principles of cosmological understanding. Space is not absent in these works so much as transformed in keeping with contemporaneous developments in early modern natural philosophy. The Written World will appeal to philosophers of literature and literary theorists as well as scholars of early modern Europe and historians of science and geography.

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Author(s):
Jeffrey N. Peters
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
22.5 x 15 x 1.5 cm
Edition:
2018
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
081013697X
ISBN-13:
9780810136977
Number of pages:
260
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Title:
The written world

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This paperback is in an 'as new' condition.

The contents are described as follows: In The Written World: Space, Literature, and the Chorological Imagination in Early Modern France, Jeffrey N. Peters argues that geographic space may be understood as a foundational, originating principle of literary creation. By way of an innovative reading of chora, a concept developed by Plato in the Timaeus and often construed by philosophical tradition as "space," Peters shows that canonical literary works of the French seventeenth century are guided by what he calls a "chorological" approach to artistic invention. The chorological imagination describes the poetic as a cosmological event that gives location to - or, more accurately, in Plato's terms, receives - the world as an object of thought. In analyses of well-known authors such as Corneille, Molire, Racine, and Madame de Lafayette, Peters demonstrates that the apparent absence of physical space in seventeenth-century literary depiction indicates a subtle engagement with, rather than a rejection of, evolving principles of cosmological understanding. Space is not absent in these works so much as transformed in keeping with contemporaneous developments in early modern natural philosophy. The Written World will appeal to philosophers of literature and literary theorists as well as scholars of early modern Europe and historians of science and geography.

Author(s):
Jeffrey N. Peters
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
22.5 x 15 x 1.5 cm
Edition:
2018
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
081013697X
ISBN-13:
9780810136977
Number of pages:
260
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Title:
The written world

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