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Saramago’s Philosophical Heritage

Editors: Salzani, Carlo, Vanhoutte, Kristof (Eds.)

  • Provides a diverse range of philosophical perspectives and expositions on Saramago's writing
  • Presents international and interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Combines philosophy and literature, as well as fields as varied as law, theology, political theory, and feminism
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About this book

The past decades have seen a growing “philosophical” interest in a number of authors, but strangely enough Saramago’s oeuvre has been left somewhat aside. This volume aims at filling this gap by providing a diverse range of philosophical perspectives and expositions on Saramago’s work. The chapters explore some possible issues arising from his works: from his use of Plato’s allegory of the cave to his re-readings of Biblical stories; from his critique and “reinvention” of philosophy of history to his allegorical exploration of alternative histories; from his humorous approach to our being-towards-death to the revolutionary political charge of his fiction. The essays here confront Saramago’s fiction with concepts, theories, and suggestions belonging to various philosophical traditions and philosophers including Plato, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Freud, Benjamin, Heidegger, Lacan, Foucault, Patočka, Derrida, Agamben, and Žižek.

About the authors

Carlo Salzani is an independent scholar and translator. He has published on Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, and contemporary German literature and philosophy more generally, both in English and in Italian.

 Kristof K.P. Vanhoutte is Research Fellow at the International Studies Group of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, and an Invited Professor of philosophy at the Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome, Italy.



Reviews

“This is a wide-ranging and original collection of essays, offering new perspectives on Saramago's writing from experts in fields including politics, theology, and gender studies. This work is a refreshing contribution to studies of Saramago and of contemporary world literature.” (David G. Frier, University of Leeds, UK)

“This collection marks a significant departure from conventional literary studies of the work of José Saramago as it probes the philosophical issues and relates them to important figures such as Benjamin and Agamben. It is one of the most innovative and ground-breaking volumes of essays on the Nobel Prize winner, at once very timely and certain to remain as a reference for future studies.” (Paulo de Medeiros, University of Warwick, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Proteus the Philosopher, or Reading Saramago as a Lover of Wisdom

    Salzani, Carlo (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Correcting History: Apocalypticism, Messianism and Saramago’s Philosophy of History

    Salzani, Carlo

    Pages 19-37

  • The “Dark Side” of History: Saramago, Foucault, and Synchronic History

    Fersini, Maria Pina

    Pages 39-59

  • José Saramago’s “Magical” Historical Materialism

    Campos, Andre Santos

    Pages 61-80

  • Some Remarks on a Phenomenological Interpretation of Saramago’s Cave

    Menditto, Giuseppe

    Pages 81-99

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91923-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91922-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Saramago’s Philosophical Heritage
Editors
  • Carlo Salzani
  • Kristof Vanhoutte
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91923-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91923-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91922-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 261
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