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Ignorance: Literature and Agnoiology

Andrew Bennett


This book argues that ignorance is part of the narrative and poetic force of literature, as well as an important aspect of its thematic focus: ignorance is what literary texts are about. The author argues that the dominant conception of literature since the Romantic period has involved an often unacknowledged engagement with the experience of not knowing. From Wordsworth and Keats to George Eliot and Charles Dickens, from Henry James to Joseph Conrad, from Elizabeth Bowen to Philip Roth and Seamus Heaney, writers have been fascinated and compelled by the question of ignorance, including their ... More

Keywords: ignorance, not knowing, agnoiology, democracy, narrative force, poetics, literature, literary texts, Romantic period, ethical

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074875
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Bennett, author