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The Consolations of Writing
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The Consolations of Writing: Literary Strategies of Resistance from Boethius to Primo Levi

Rivkah Zim

Abstract

Boethius wrote Of the Consolation of Philosophy as a prisoner condemned to death for treason, circumstances that are reflected in the themes and concerns of its evocative poetry and dialogue between the prisoner and his mentor, Lady Philosophy. This classic philosophical statement of late antiquity has had an enduring influence on Western thought. It is also the earliest example of what this book identifies as a distinctive and vitally important medium of literary resistance: writing in captivity by prisoners of conscience and persecuted minorities. This book reveals why the great contributors ... More

Keywords: literary resistance, captivity, prisoner of conscience, persecuted minority, Boethius, memoir, totalitarianism, llyric poetry, genocide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691161808
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161808.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rivkah Zim, author
King's College London