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Agitations: Essays on Life and Literature

Arthur Krystal


From small questions of taste to large questions concerning the nature of existence, intellectual debate takes up much of our time. This book examines what most commentators ignore: the role of temperament and taste in the forming of aesthetic and ideological opinions. In provocative chapters about reading and writing, about the relation between life and literature, about knowledge and certainty, about God and death, and about a gradual disaffection with the literary scene, the book demonstrates that opposing points of view are based more on innate predilections than on disinterested thought o ... More

Keywords: existence, temperament, aesthetic values, culture, intellectual argument, reading, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092165
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur Krystal, author