The Politics of Realism (Hardcover)

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The Politics of Realism (Hardcover)


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Exploring the controversial history of an aesthetic - realism - this book examines the
role that realism plays in the negotiation of social, political, and material realities from
the mid-19th century to the present day.

Examining a broad range of literary texts from French, English, Italian, German, and
Russian writers, this book provides new insights into how realism engages with themes
including capital, social decorum, the law and its politicisation, modern science as a
determining factor concerning truth, and the politics of identity.

Considering works from Gustave Flaubert, Charles Baudelaire, mile Zola, Henry
James, Charles Dickens, and George Orwell, Docherty proposes a new philosophical
conception of the politics of realism in an age where politics feels increasingly erratic
and fantastical.
Thomas Docherty is Professor of English at Warwick University, UK. He has published on most areas of English and comparative literature from the Renaissance to the present day. He specializes in the philosophy of literary criticism, in critical theory, and in cultural history in relation primarily to European philosophy and literatures. Some of his previous publications include John Donne Undone (Methuen, Routledge, 1986) Postmodernism (Harvester/Columbia UP, 1993), Aesthetic Democracy (Stanford UP, 2006) and The English Question (Sussex Academic, 2008).

Product Details ISBN: 9781350228535
ISBN-10: 1350228532
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: November 18th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English