Platonic Occasions: Dialogues on Literature, Art and Culture, by Richard Begam and James Soderholm
An experiment in criticism inspired by Platonic inquiry
What have we learned about the initiatives of culture and literature since our classical predecessors?
In Platonic Occasions: Dialogues on Literature, Art and Culture, Richard Begam and James Soderholm reflect upon a wide range of thinkers, writers and ideas from Plato, Descartes and Nietzsche to Shakespeare.
Begam and Soderholm’s ten dialogues function as a series of dual-meditations. The dialogues suggest that “We are all Greeks,” and yet questions what we have actually learned about the initiatives of culture and literature since our classical predecessors. Platonic Occasions is an experiment in criticism in a form of intellectual interplay where the authors invite the reader to imagine what the dialogic imagination can do when inspired by Platonic inquiry.
Platonic Occassions is the first volume in Stockholm English Studies (SES), which is a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press.
RICHARD BEGAM is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a Visiting Professor at Duke University, the University of Düsseldorf and Stockholm University.
JAMES SODERHOLM has taught literature and aesthetics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Baylor University, Charles University in Prague and The King’s School in Canterbury. He is currently Professor of Humanities at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury.
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