This book provides teachers and students of literature with a resource that gives them guidance to the philosophical influences on literary criticism and literary figures. Its goal is to lead teachers and students to a greater understanding of concepts with which they may have some familiarity. The writers chosen are those whose works most commonly appear in high school and college literature anthologies. The text describes major philosophical influences reflected in their writings as well as references to philosophical works that are known to have played a part in their intellectual and aesthetic development.
This volume is a source of philosophical influences in fiction, poetry, and drama. The entries on 123 writers, arranged in alphabetical order, are supplemented by a section of brief bio-bibliographical profiles of more than 75 relevant philosophers and a glossary of philosophical terms, concepts, and movements. Following each author study is a selected bibliography of suggested sources for further reading. The book ends with a list of general sources on literary theory and philosophy, stressing their interrelationships. A cross-referencing system is provided for the convenience of readers. Symbols within the entries guide the reader to entries in the philosopher section, the glossary, and to other author entries. Students and teachers of both literature and philosophy will find this work of extreme interest.
About the Author
EDMUND J. THOMAS is Professor of English and Philosophy at Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, New York. He is also the author of College Prep Reader.
EUGENE G. MILLER is Associate Professor of English at Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, New York.
Table of Contents
Literary Figures and Philosophical Influences
Profiles of Philosophers
Glossary of Philosophical and Literary Terms, Concepts, and Movements