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Ludwig Wittgenstein famously declared that philosophy "ought really to be written only as a form of poetry," and he even described the Tractatus as "philosophical and, at the same time, literary." But few books have really followed up on these claims, and fewer still have focused on their relation to the special literary and artistic period in which Wittgenstein worked. This book offers the first collection to address the rich, vexed, and often contradictory relationship between modernism the twentieth century's predominant cultural and artistic movement and Wittgenstein, one of its preeminent and most enduring philosophers. In doing so it offers rich new understandings of both. Michael LeMahieu Karen Zumhagen-Yekpl bring together scholars in both twentieth-century philosophy and modern literary studies to put Wittgenstein into dialogue with some of modernism's most iconic figures, including Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow, Walter Benjamin, Henry James, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Adolf Loos, Robert Musil, Wallace Stevens, and Virginia Woolf. The contributors touch on two important aspects of Wittgenstein's work and modernism itself: form and medium. They discuss issues ranging from Wittgenstein and poetics to his use of numbered propositions in the Tractatus as a virtuoso performance of modernist form; from Wittgenstein's persistence metaphoric use of religion, music, and photography to an exploration of how he and Henry James both negotiated the relationship between the aesthetic and the ethical.

Title Wittgenstein and modernism / edited by Michael LeMahieu and Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé.
Co-Author LeMahieu, Michael (author editor)
Publisher Chicago
London : The University of Chicago Press
Creation Date 2017
Content Introduction: Wittgenstein, modernism, and the contradictions of writing philosophy as poetry / Michael LeMahieu and Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé -- Wittgenstein's modernist context -- Wittgenstein and modernism in literature: between the Tractatus and the Philosophical investigations / Anthony J. Cascardi -- "To become a different person": Wittgenstein, Christianity, and the modernist ethos / Marjorie Perloff -- The concept of expression in the arts from a Wittgensteinian perspective / Charles Altieri -- Wittgenstein, Loos, and critical modernism: style and idea in architecture and philosophy / Allan Janik -- Wittgenstein's modernist cultures -- Loos, Musil, Wittgenstein, and the recovery of human life / Piergiorgio Donatelli -- Wittgenstein, Benjamin, and pure realism / Eli Friedlander -- What makes a poem philosophical? / John Gibson -- Wittgenstein and literary modernism -- In the condition of modernism: philosophy, literature, and the sacred fount / Kristin Boyce -- The world as Bloom found it: "Ithaca," the Tractatus, and "looking more than once for the solution of difficult problems in imaginary or real life" / Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé -- Lectures on ethics: Wittgenstein and Kafka / Yi-ping Ong -- Bellow's private language / Michael LeMahieu..
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Format vi, 301 pages
24 cm.
Language English
Copyright Date ©2017
Identifier ISBN9780226420370 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN022642037X (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN9780226420400 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN022642040X (pbk. : alk. paper)
System Number 990040894160205171

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