[First posted 6/18; last updated 7/31]
What this is (short version): A list of books, published between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2008, that either work at the intersection of OLP and literary studies, or would clearly be of interest to scholars who do. This list is a work in progress. Please suggest additions.
What this is (longer version): One of the goals of this blog is to publicize new books that we think will interest scholars working at the intersection of ordinary language philosophy and literary studies. As a start, we’ve already devoted posts to the recently published Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature (edited by Richard Eldridge) and the forthcoming Evil and Silence (by Richard Fleming), and we’ve also linked to an NDPR review of Stephen Mulhall’s recently published book on J.M. Coetzee and the relationship between philosophy and literature, entitled The Wounded Animal. Because such announcements will inevitably be pushed further and further down the main screen of the blog as new posts are added, we’ve created a list of the titles of such featured “new and forthcoming” books at the upper right of the blog’s screen: the books’ titles are linked to the blog posts in which they are first mentioned. We’re not yet sure how long we’ll let that list of new books become, but at some point, as more titles are added to it, older books will be removed (perhaps we’ll let the list grow to 10 or so titles? We’ll see). We hope this practice will give the book titles continuing visibility as the original posts about them recede in both time and (screen) space.
(As we’ve said before, please email one of the blog editors if you’d like to suggest another new or forthcoming book that you think should be featured on this blog, and please don’t hesitate to suggest a new book of your own!)
Of course, there are many important books published before the beginning of this year that might have been featured on this blog, had it been created more than just a week ago. But the fact that those books have been in print for a while now is no guarantee that those readers (like the various readers of this blog) who would be most interested in them already know of their existence. We’re all familiar with the experience of stumbling upon a wonderful book, right up our intellectual alley, as it were, that somehow eluded our awareness for two, three, or even many more years after its initial publication. To make sure that doesn’t happen to relatively recent (but not quite new) books that either work at the intersection of OLP and literary studies, or would clearly be of interest to scholars who do, we’ve decided to start compiling a list of such books published since the beginning of 2000.
We’ll get things started, and add more titles over time, but please suggest your own additions to this list, either by emailing us, or by leaving your suggested titles in the comments to this post. As more titles are collected, we will add them (and whenever possible, images of the books’ covers) to the main list in the body of this post (see list below). Hopefully, we’ll eventually compile a handy list of OLP & literary studies-related books published between Jan 1, 2000 and Jan 1, 2009.
If this modest experiment in collective bibliography proves successful, we may, in a future post, begin to catalog important articles and essays related to OLP and literary studies as well.
Just as a start, I’ll begin by listing some (11) relevant books which have been published since the beginning of 2005. Know of others published since 2005 that aren’t listed below? Or any published since 2000? Let us know! We’ll add more titles ourselves over time, but please suggest your own additions to the following list…
[note: book titles sorted alphabetically by last name of primary author or editor]
(includes extended discussions of the aesthetics of Cavell and Fried)
(contains extended discussion of Cavell’s notion of the “everyday”)
(all the essays in this volume are strong, but literary scholars will be particularly interested in Garrett Stewart’s contribution, which reflects on the general “avoidance” of Cavell within literary studies)
(especially recommended in this volume is an essay by Hilary Putnam on the debate between Steven Affeldt and Stephen Mulhall on the proper interpretation of Cavell’s notion of criteria)