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The Resource The Eudaimonic turn : well-being in literary studies, edited by James O. Pawelski and D.J. Moores

The Eudaimonic turn : well-being in literary studies, edited by James O. Pawelski and D.J. Moores

Label
The Eudaimonic turn : well-being in literary studies
Title
The Eudaimonic turn
Title remainder
well-being in literary studies
Statement of responsibility
edited by James O. Pawelski and D.J. Moores
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In much of the critical discourse of the seventies, eighties, and nineties, scholars employed suspicion in order to reveal a given text's complicity with various undesirable ideologies and/or psychopathologies. Construed as such, interpretive practice was often intended to demystify texts and authors by demonstrating in them the presence of false consciousness, bourgeois values, patriarchy, orientalism, heterosexism, imperialist attitudes, and/or various neuroses, complexes, and lacks. While it proved to be of vital importance in literary studies, suspicious hermeneutics often compelled scholars to interpret eudaimonia, or well-being variously conceived, in pathologized terms. At the end of the twentieth century, however, literary scholars began to see the limitations of suspicion, conceived primarily as the discernment of latent realities beneath manifest illusions. In the last decade, often termed the "post-theory era," there was a radical shift in focus, as scholars began to recognize the inapplicability of suspicion as a critical framework for discussions of eudaimonic experiences, seeking out several alternative forms of critique, most of which can be called, despite their differences, a hermeneutics of affirmation. In such alternative reading strategies scholars were able to explore configurations of eudaimonia, not by dismissing them as bad politics or psychopathology but in complex ways that have resulted in a new eudaimonic turn, a trans-disciplinary phenomenon that has also enriched several other disciplines. The Eudaimonic Turn builds on such work, offering a collection of essays intended to bolster the burgeoning critical framework in the fields of English, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies by stimulating discussions of well-being in the "post-theory" moment. The volume consists of several examinations of literary and theoretical configurations of the following determinants of human subjectivity and the role these play in facilitating well-being: values, race, ethics/morality, aesthetics, class, ideology, culture, economics, language, gender, spirituality, sexuality, nature, and the body. Many of the authors compelling refute negativity bias and pathologized interpretations of eudaimonic experiences or conceptual models as they appear in literary texts or critical theories. Some authors examine the eudaimonic outcomes of suffering, marginalization, hybridity, oppression, and/or tragedy, while others analyze the positive effects of positive affect. Still others analyze the aesthetic response and/or the reading process in inquiries into the role of language use and its impact on well-being, or they explore the complexities of strength, resilience, and other positive character traits in the face of struggle, suffering, and "othering.""--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
809/.93353
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.H27
LC item number
E93 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1967-
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  • Pawelski, James O.
  • Moores, D. J
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  • Peace of mind in literature
  • Happiness in literature
  • Well-being
  • Books and reading
  • Quality of life
  • Satisfaction
Label
The Eudaimonic turn : well-being in literary studies, edited by James O. Pawelski and D.J. Moores
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction Part 1: James Pawelski-What Is the Eudaimonic Turn? -- Introduction Part 2: D. J. Moores-The Eudaimonic Turn in Literary Studies . Pound's Challenge to Ranciere's Treatment of the "Aesthetic Regime": Why Nietzsche is Necessary for a Positive Account of Modernism in the Arts / Charles Altieri ; Thoreau and Health: Physician, Naturalist, Metaphysician / James Engell ; Falling from Trees: Arborescent Prosody in John Clare's Tree Elegies / Erin Lafford and Emma Mason ; Happiness, Catharsis, and the Literary Cure / John Channing Briggs ; Ramblers, Hikers, Vagabonds, and Flâneurs: America's Peripatetic Romantics and the Rituals of Healthy Walking / Michael West ; Spenser's "virtuous ..discipline" and Human Flourishing / Paola Baseotto ; The Choices of Can You Forgive Her?:Literary Realism, Freedom, and Contentment / Amanpal Garcha ; The Crosses We Bear: Religion, Readers, and Woman's Intellect in Augusta Jane Evans' St. Elmo / David Bordelon ; Milton's "L'Allegro" and "Il Penseroso": Prophetic Joy Anticipated / Daniel O'Day ; On Becoming Neighbor Rosicky: Willa Cather, William James and the Constructs of Well-Being / Christine E. Kephart ; The Career of Joy in the Twentieth Century / Adam Potkay
Control code
808416532
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 271 pages
Isbn
9781611475296
Isbn Type
(electronic)
Lccn
2012038492
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)808416532
Label
The Eudaimonic turn : well-being in literary studies, edited by James O. Pawelski and D.J. Moores
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction Part 1: James Pawelski-What Is the Eudaimonic Turn? -- Introduction Part 2: D. J. Moores-The Eudaimonic Turn in Literary Studies . Pound's Challenge to Ranciere's Treatment of the "Aesthetic Regime": Why Nietzsche is Necessary for a Positive Account of Modernism in the Arts / Charles Altieri ; Thoreau and Health: Physician, Naturalist, Metaphysician / James Engell ; Falling from Trees: Arborescent Prosody in John Clare's Tree Elegies / Erin Lafford and Emma Mason ; Happiness, Catharsis, and the Literary Cure / John Channing Briggs ; Ramblers, Hikers, Vagabonds, and Flâneurs: America's Peripatetic Romantics and the Rituals of Healthy Walking / Michael West ; Spenser's "virtuous ..discipline" and Human Flourishing / Paola Baseotto ; The Choices of Can You Forgive Her?:Literary Realism, Freedom, and Contentment / Amanpal Garcha ; The Crosses We Bear: Religion, Readers, and Woman's Intellect in Augusta Jane Evans' St. Elmo / David Bordelon ; Milton's "L'Allegro" and "Il Penseroso": Prophetic Joy Anticipated / Daniel O'Day ; On Becoming Neighbor Rosicky: Willa Cather, William James and the Constructs of Well-Being / Christine E. Kephart ; The Career of Joy in the Twentieth Century / Adam Potkay
Control code
808416532
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 271 pages
Isbn
9781611475296
Isbn Type
(electronic)
Lccn
2012038492
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)808416532

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