This anthology provides a history of the systemization and
canonization of existentialism, a quintessentially antisystemic
mode of thought. Situating existentialism within the history of
ideas, it features new readings on the most influential works in
the existential canon, exploring their formative contexts and the
cultural dialogues of which they were a part.
Emphasizing the multidisciplinary and global nature of
existential arguments, the chosen texts relate to philosophy,
religion, literature, theater, and culture and reflect European,
Russian, Latin American, African, and American strains of thought.
Readings are grouped into three thematic categories: national
contexts, existentialism and religion, and transcultural migrations
that explore the reception of existentialism. The volume explains
how literary giants such as Dostoevsky and Tolstoy were
incorporated into the existentialist fold and how inclusion into
the canon recast the work of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and it
describes the roles played by Jaspers and Heidegger in Germany and
the Paris School of existentialism in France. Essays address not
only frequently assigned works but also underappreciated
discoveries, underscoring their vital relevance to contemporary
critical debate. Designed to speak to a new generation's concerns,
the collection deploys a diverse range of voices to interrogate the
fundamental questions of the human condition.
Subjects: Philosophy, Religion
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