Tzvetan Todorov: Thinker and Humanist [Hardback]

Henk de Berg(Editor); Karine Zbinden(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781571139962 | Published by: Camden House | Year of Publication: 2020 | 280p, H9 x W6,
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Tzvetan Todorov

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Originally known for his groundbreaking work in literary studies, the Bulgarian-born French scholar Tzvetan Todorov (1939-2017) was one of the world's foremost cultural theorists. His interventions cover an astounding range of topics, from narratology to ethics, from painting to politics, and from the Enlightenment to current affairs. This collection of essays is the first-ever comprehensive examination of Todorov as a cultural critic. It offers in-depth discussions of the crucial elements of his thought since his historical and cultural turn in the early 1980s: his "marginal centricity" within the French intellectual field, and his relations with other French thinkers; his philosophical precursors and influences, notably Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Mikhail Bakhtin; his conception of the Enlightenment; his views on historiography, and on the possibility and limitations of passing historical judgments; his defense of a European identity; and his political philosophy, including his critique of totalitarianism, neoconservativism, and neoliberalism. Written by international experts in the fields of Enlightenment studies, literary and cultural studies, critical theory, and intellectual history, this volume offers both an introduction to one of the most important postwar European thinkers and discussions of some of the most hotly debated topics in cultural studies today.

HENK DE BERG is Professor of German at the University of Sheffield, UK; KARINE ZBINDEN is Teaching Associate in French Studies and Honorary Research Fellow at the Bakhtin Centre, also at the University of Sheffield.

Table of Contents

Introduction
A Marginal Centrist: Tzvetan Todorov and the French Intellectual Field
Todorov and Camus
The Enlightenment Redux: Autonomy in Todorov, Glucksmann, and Onfray
Todorov's Reading of Rousseau: A Heritage for Our Times?
Tzvetan Todorov's Enlightenment
Todorov and Bakhtin
Tzvetan Todorov and the Writing of History
Tzvetan Todorov and the Trials of History: A Dissenting Voice
European Integration and the Cultural Cold War: Todorov and Denis de Rougemont
Tzvetan Todorov on Totalitarianism, Scientism, and Utopia
Tzvetan Todorov's Political Philosophy
Interview with Tzvetan Todorov

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