I read, therefore I think…

By | August 17, 2011

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"In this ambitious contribution to literary theory, Anthony Uhlmann shows how a work of literature can be said to think, and thus in what sense literature helps us to understand the world." – J.M. Coetzee

Having already contributed so much in the past decade to the field of Samuel Beckett scholarship, acclaimed literary scholar Anthony Uhlmann (Professor of English, University of Western Sydney, Australia) now turns his attention to other marquee names of the twentieth century in his new book Thinking in Literature: Joyce, Woolf, Nabokov, now available from Continuum. Buttressed by an impressive theoretical apparatus that stretches from Spinoza to Leibniz to Deleuze, Uhlmann offers a compelling and, indeed, novel interpretation of the aesthetics of the Modernist novel that moves well beyond the usual 'stream of consciousness' clichés to discover literature as a unique mode of thought in its own right — one which both thinks for itself and compels readers to investigate what it means to think at all. Uhlmann's book has already won high praise from literary authors and academics alike and is sure to be counted as a major contribution to the fields of literary theory, Modernism and the form of the novel.

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