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The Force of Tradition: Response and Resistance in Literature, Religion, and Cultural Studies (Hardback)
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The Force of Tradition: Response and Resistance in Literature, Religion, and Cultural Studies (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 16/08/2005
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How do we stand in relation to everything that comes down to us from the past? Is the very idea of tradition still useful in the wake of historical ruptures, such as the Holocaust, changes in the canon, and the end of colonialism? Drawing on a wide range of philosophers and literary theorists, these thirteen essays examine the response and resistance to religious, cultural, and literary tradition by various American, English, German, and African writers. Contributors analyze suspicion of tradition in modernity and present more complex and nuanced accounts of tradition that demonstrate its legitimacy and necessity in the lives of individuals and communities. Tradition emerges from their accounts both as a critique of destructive aspects of modernity and as consistent with some of its central values.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742541610
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 27 mm


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In this delightfully angular collection, Donald Marshall conducts a conversation with insightful interlocutors in such creatively dialectical fashion as to press into the tough hermeneutical issues and yet simultaneously offer fresh readings of certain accomodatingly resilient texts. This is a conversation deeply indebted to tradition, yet which challenges and extends our appreciation of how tradition works when it works, as also how it ossifies, atrophies or collapses in upon itself when it fails the test of apparent contradiction. Marshall's own excursus upon Plato's introduction to such matters in the Symposium is a brilliant harbinger of very good critical reflection to come in the subsequent essays. -- David Lyle Jeffrey, Provost and Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities, Baylor University
Without sparing the rod of intellectual rigor, this is a sympathetic and broad-ranging anthology of essays renewing and complicating the concept of tradition from Plato to Gadamer and beyond. The editor adds an exemplary introduction. -- Geoffrey Hartman, Sterling Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University

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