[a / b / c / d / e / f / g / gif / h / hr / k / m / o / p / r / s / t / u / v / vg / vr / w / wg] [i / ic] [r9k / s4s / vip / qa] [cm / hm / lgbt / y] [3 / aco / adv / an / asp / bant / biz / cgl / ck / co / diy / fa / fit / gd / hc / his / int / jp / lit / mlp / mu / n / news / out / po / pol / qst / sci / soc / sp / tg / toy / trv / tv / vp / wsg / wsr / x] [Settings] [Search] [Home]
Settings Home
/lit/ - Literature

4chan Pass users can bypass this verification. [Learn More] [Login]
  • Please read the Rules and FAQ before posting.

05/04/17New trial board added: /bant/ - International/Random
10/04/16New board for 4chan Pass users: /vip/ - Very Important Posts
06/20/16New 4chan Banner Contest with a chance to win a 4chan Pass! See the contest page for details.
[Hide] [Show All]

Now accepting credit card payment for 4chan Pass purchases and renewals. Click here for details.

[Catalog] [Archive]

File: 772.jpg (43 KB, 680x499)
43 KB
What are all the most influential or important books on morals,societiies and laws.Philosophy books mostly.
14 replies and 12 images omitted. Click here to view.
File: 91ZF4jRwkwL.jpg (732 KB, 1620x2560)
732 KB
732 KB JPG
it would be a good idea to read this

you may however become a wizard. something to bear in mind
Thanks for these posts I'm genuinely interested
File: freud.jpg (32 KB, 300x448)
32 KB
ok that should keep you busy for a bit

this list is completely unhelpful and all over the place and will probably stunt your development massively for having been shitposted in no particular order. sorry about that
File: 1502334167866s.jpg (8 KB, 246x250)
8 KB
What do you mean stunt my development
i kid. don't worry. just read what you like you dirty, beautiful motherfucker

Are there any books/essays on why one should not kill themselves? Especially if the one contemplating suicide is a nihilist.
49 replies and 4 images omitted. Click here to view.

I know that he wasn’t sacrificed. BUt God asked him too, and then later ordered people not to kill ... and he said nothing about thou shalt not kill people, but thou shalt not kill, which is an impossible request in the first place. Secondly, he required Abraham to kill a lamb.

I’m your cyber-neighbour, and you’re not loving me you absolute hypocrite.

t. hasn’t read Mimesis by Auerbach
Some people interpret that commandment as ‘thou shalt not murder’, which makes more sense, as God has killed and ordered to kill and there is such a thing as Talion which requires the peacekeepers to kill
The Foundation for Exploration by Sean Goonan
Pretty sure Schopenhauer covered this, or something similar to it anyway.

Does anyone have any really old /lit/ memes? I'm looking for one with some postmodernists and maybe joyce shopped onto rich people laughing and it says "we told them the value and symbolism would trickle down!". I spent an hour trying to find threads from 2013-2015 that might have it in the archive last night with no luck
240 replies and 87 images omitted. Click here to view.
I honestly have no idea who this is trying to make fun of.
File: 1550538418455.jpg (107 KB, 1278x596)
107 KB
107 KB JPG
I intentionally design my prose as impenetrable and the stylistic equivalent to getting punched in the dick real bad. Fuck, corn father.
>is fist fucking
>no longer genitalized?
>he fist fucks genitals
>not his furpartners earhole
how quaint

File: 1543033297887.jpg (1.52 MB, 2527x3221)
1.52 MB
1.52 MB JPG
>All writing is rubbish.People who try to free themselves from what is vague in order to state precisely whatever is going on in their minds are producing rubbish.The whole literary tribe is a pack of rubbish mongers, especially today. All those who have landmarks in their minds, I mean in a certain part of their heads, in well-defined sites in their skulls, all those who are masters of language, all those for whom words have meaning, all those for whom the soul has its heights and thought its currents, those who are the spirits of the times, and who have given names to these currents of thought—I am thinking of their specific tasks, and of that mechanical creaking their minds produce at every gust of wind—are rubbish mongers.

was my homie artaud right?
3 replies omitted. Click here to view.
t. rubbish monger
File: cri_000000004671.jpg (415 KB, 1510x2000)
415 KB
415 KB JPG
artaud is a chad
yeah i think so

that is clearly a woman in the photo, anon.

His life was far too shitty to be a chad.

File: Bloom-xxlarge.jpg (203 KB, 1500x938)
203 KB
203 KB JPG
Name a book or a work of literature you've recently finished, and talk about it.

What did you think of it?
What does it make you want to read next?
How does it compare to other similar works you've read?
Was it like you expected?

Others feel free to recommend books.
I just finished Il Gattopardo.

It's one of the most beautiful and moving books I've read in my life, an impeccable character portrait that is somehow both heart wrenching and restrained.

It makes me want to read more Italian literature and not lose touch with the language.

I'm not a big novel reader, but I'd say it's amongst my favlurite novels, particularly for its length. It packs a lot into few pages.
Outlaws of the Marsh/Water Margin by Shi Nai'an.
>What did you think of it
I fucking loved it.
>What does it make you want to read next?
Journey to the West
>How does it compare to other similar works you've read?
Classic Chinese novels tend to be hilarious, the other major one I've read being The Scholars. Outlaws of the Marsh is more of an adventure/fantasy story while The Scholars is about, well, Chinese scholars (who are corrupt as hell). And speaking of corruption, both of these novels are also heavy on the political satire. Also, there is a weird thing in classic Chinese novels where each chapter ends with a cliffhanger as well as a direct address to the reader to "read the next chapter if you would know what happens next."
>Was it like you expected?
Outlaws in the Marsh being written in 1370, I wasn't expecting it to be as crass and vulgar as it is. I know there are probably different swear words in Chinese, but the translator had characters saying fuck and shit. But it's not just that, there's sex, brothels, and graphic violence.

One warning for those interested: just like The Iliad has long descriptions of armor, Outlaws of the Marsh sometimes has long descriptions of exactly who is commanding which regiment of the bandit army, and there are 108 fucking chieftains. Some parts of the book (which is something like 1500-2000 pages long) drag, but the best parts are really fucking good.

File: gadish.jpg (188 KB, 1200x888)
188 KB
188 KB JPG
Gaddisprosing thread.
17 replies and 1 image omitted. Click here to view.
>reading agape before JR
Okay retards
are you that twitter guy?
>starting with his best and working your way down the line

start with the recognitions if you aren't a fucking neanderthal

File: download (6).jpg (9 KB, 245x206)
9 KB
Is it possible to become a published writer without a college degree?
No, it’s impossible. You’re fucked. Quit and give up now.

File: memelady.jpg (76 KB, 1280x720)
76 KB
What are some good books related to memetics?
19 replies and 4 images omitted. Click here to view.
yeah it is well worth a read(meme machine). She comes to the conclusion that our concept of self is a meme as well, which I think fits in nicely with what Ray brassier talks about in the first section of Nihil Unbound, the 'folk psychology' concept of humans we have. Well and 'there is no self' is I suppose not an original idea in philosophy, but it's put in a way that's understandable for philosophylets, as long as they can grasp the whole meme concept.
File: 6405024.jpg (108 KB, 318x467)
108 KB
108 KB JPG
Mimesis by Erich Auerbach
ive unironically read this already. good book.

i wonder if dawkins has ever read this stuff

interesting. im inclined to say that the memes are definitely what reifies the self.

File: philosopher king.jpg (109 KB, 800x600)
109 KB
109 KB JPG
Okay /lil/, which approach is better for achieving higher quality writing? Imitation of the divine/nature, as Plato and Aristotle said, or the imitation of previous authors, as Dionysus said?
plato is a moron and was literally wrong about everything so the latter
both you pleb. If it's not imitation of the divine it's not even art, and if you're not imitating the works that come before you then you're a rootless individual with no artistic language to work with, basically babbling to yourself alone.

File: whitey.jpg (4 KB, 194x260)
4 KB
What are the best arguments against Whitehead's process philosophy?
3 replies and 1 image omitted. Click here to view.
You can make arguments against process philosophy with nominalism. Don't be pedantic. You're co-creativity with the universe is but a mere construct of your mind.
This is probably a brainlet answer, but why think of things as processes instead of being? I always felt like Whitehead just took something self-evident and turned it on its head for no reason. We only notice change because we conceptualize things with stable identities.
there are none
the occasioning of reality is not a merely mental event.
i am not convinced, sorry.
whitehead would agree, however, that metaphysics is a 'construction'
and i don't recall nominalism being 'anti-constructivist'

File: 3Mj9Cz0.jpg (112 KB, 700x758)
112 KB
112 KB JPG
post literary characters that are literally you
The Übermensch
File: 1469635595083.jpg (62 KB, 1200x1200)
62 KB
i had crush on person who was like shinji (except pudgy tall and muscular) lol he was a faggot but he was hot i wish i oculd have tortured him by tickling his feet more lol hbe had childhod trauma over it lol

>an eunuch
>an universal
4 replies and 1 image omitted. Click here to view.
File: GHHFHOOO.gif (912 KB, 240x176)
912 KB
912 KB GIF
this one actually makes me really mad. no one would ever write "an hospital" why do they think it's ok to do it with historical
The French and the British, the scourge of my existence.
>two vowels and a vowel become a vowel
sure thing buddy
an 'istorical
an 'ospital

File: Charles_Baudelaire.jpg (973 KB, 2000x2941)
973 KB
973 KB JPG
Why are so many writers druggies, alcoholics, and suicidals? Are they a minority or is there a pattern here?
14 replies and 3 images omitted. Click here to view.
Maybe he realised even death isn't an escape.
Why did people keep memeing this? Most writers before the 1900s were just rich sissibois who were, at worst, gay, it didn't become a thing until people started fetishizing it.
>being rich makes you a sissy
Why is this?
t. rich sissy
Need experience to write.
If high IQ is correlated with mental illness, maybe it’s not mental illness, it’s people not knowing what to do with their noggins, Jimmy.

ITT: try to translate a poem from a language you do not know.

Here's a little Rimbaud I attempted.
sorry it should be "dreams of", not "of dreams" mea culpa
luminous flask,
your beauty formed
petal by petal,
crystal scales expanded you
and in the secrecy of the dark earth
your belly grew round with dew.
Under the earth
the miracle
and when your clumsy
green stem appeared,
and your leaves were born
like swords
in the garden,

Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
lol I was going to say how nice this turned out, then I realized it's Neruda.

Either way, I dashed this off from the Spanish:

Luminous dome,
Petal by petal
You form handsomely,
Your eccentricity is encased in crystal
And a secret of the obscure earth
Is circling your rocky ventricles.
But the earth
Is starting to migrate
And when it appears

Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.

File: 9789004256491.jpg (29 KB, 298x400)
29 KB
Arabic greatest oeuvres?
14 replies and 3 images omitted. Click here to view.
Just finished Orientalism recently. Though not technically a work of Arabic literature it really was eye opening regarding the treatment of the "Arab" as such in Western literature and thought.
The work of Mahmoud Darwish - The Poet of Palestine also a great choice
Mahmoud darwish is fantastic. May I add the amazing george habbash as well.
Didn't they write in Arabic ?
thank you for the recommendations

Delete Post: [File Only] Style:
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
[Disable Mobile View / Use Desktop Site]

[Enable Mobile View / Use Mobile Site]

All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective parties. Images uploaded are the responsibility of the Poster. Comments are owned by the Poster.