DepositThe Abject Life of Things h.c. andersen’s sentimentality

The following paper attempts a philosophically rigorous interpretation of H.C. Andersen’s tales. Through a radically conceived sentimentality — the unmediated juxtaposition of the abjection of things, conceived as a paradoxical “desire for desire” having no place in the world, with a cruel, apathetic gaze — Andersen challenges the existence of the soul or subjectivity as what, by combining the theoretical gaze with contemplative pleasure, grants coherence to experience. Thus undermining not only Romantic self-reflection, and its suturing of philosophy to criticism, but Plato’s erotic psychology, Andersen inaugurates a new philosophical literature: a writing for children cultivating an openness

DepositWhat Happens When Constrained Writing Doesn’t Follow Its Constraints? Notes on Alejandro Zambra, Multiple Choice

The essays I am posting on Humanities Commons are also on Librarything and Goodreads. These aren’t reviews. They are thoughts about the state of literary fiction, intended principally for writers and critics involved in seeing where literature might be able to go. Each one uses a book as an example of some current problem in writing. The context is my own writing project. All comments / criticism welcome.

DepositReview of (Princeton edition of) The Complete Works of W. H. Auden: Prose: Volume VI, 1969–1973 Ed. Edward Mendelson

This review shows how Auden was a philosopher of religion and therefore, this review calls for reassessing the poet Auden as a philosopher concerned with prayer and the necessity of the transcendent in life. We often forget how some of the greatest Marx-influenced poets have contributed deeply to religious literature. The review has a very important part on the Metaphysical poets; especially George Herbert.