Poetry’s Truth of Dialogue

  • Michael MackEmail author


The afterword envisions the relationship between philosophy and literature as a dialogical one. Rather than being merely a confrontation of two different disciplines or an application of philosophical aesthetics to literature, both fields are treated in this collection as being equal in importance and complementary with each other. Past monographs and edited volumes on this interdisciplinary field have prioritized philosophy over literature. The different sections of the present study have made us see the two disciplines as being engaged not only in dialogical relationship amongst themselves but also with a number of other fields of study. The afterword takes up the overall theme of dialogue which in different ways shapes this collection in its entirety.


Celan Buber Benjamin Derrida Mandelstam Dialogue Language Contamination Shoah Poetry Breakdown Breakage Trauma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Durham UniversityDurhamUK

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