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Foucault and Fiction


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Acknowledgements; 1. Literature, experience, and ethics; 2. The ungoverned tongue: Seamus Heaney; 3. Foucault's turn from literature; 4. Language, culture, and confusion: Brian Friel; 5. Foucault's concept of experience; 6. Re-making experience: James Joyce; 7. Experimental subjects: Swift and Beckett; 8. Ethics and fiction; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Timothy O'Leary is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. He has spent several years working in the Foucault Archives and has published on Foucault, aesthetics and literature. He is the author of Foucault and the Art of Ethics (Continuum 2006).


"An insightful exegesis of an ethics of fiction, an art that transforms readers' experience of the world by daring them to think differently... Foucault and Fiction demonstrates from the outset that O'Leary is deeply familiar with Foucault's work on literature, experience and ethics, and perceptively links the transformative effects of literature with ethical practices of the self... I highly recommend this book for readers interested in the work of Michel Foucault, literature theory and/or Irish literature. But I also endorse this book for those fascinated with how reading catalyses a?transformative? experience, an experience that can change your world in one, shocking or arresting? moment or gradually, through the passing of time. Foucault and Fiction is pleasurable to read and astute in its use of philosophy, literature theory and reception studies. It is an integral text for anyone struggling to reconcile how art, ethics and politics merge in the transformative potential of literature" (Foucault Studies, February 2010) "Looking at literature in relation to experience and ethics, O'Leary ponders whether a novel, a poem, or a play can really make someone think differently about things, and if so, how it does. He takes a model of ethics from French philosopher Michel Foucault (1926-84). Among his topics are literature, experience, and ethics; the ungoverned tongue in Seamus Heaney; Foucault's turn from literature; language, culture, and confusion in Brian Friel; Foucault's concept of experience; James Joyce remaking experience; the experimental subjects of Swift and Beckett; and ethics and fiction." (Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.)"

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