What Is Literature?


Sartre argues for literature as a form of liberation in this classic and influential exposition of his existentialist philosophy. He examines the nature of writing, why people write, and for whom.

ISBN: 9780415254045 Author: Sartre, Jean-Paul Publisher: Routledge Publication Date: 18th May 2001 Imprint: Routledge Cover: Paperback Dewey: 801 (edition:21) Pages: 251 Edition: New edition 2 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the most important philosophical and political thinkers of the twentieth century. His writings had a potency that was irresistible to the intellectual scene that swept post-war Europe, and have left a vital inheritance to contemporary thought. The central tenet of the Existentialist movement which he helped to found, whereby God is replaced by an ethical self, proved hugely attractive to a generation that had seen the horrors of Nazism, and provoked a revolution in post-war thought and literature. In What is Literature? Sartre the novelist and Sartre the philosopher combine to address the phenomenon of literature, exploring why we read, and why we write.

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