Table of Contents

1. Acknowledgements, p. ix; 2. Contributors, p. xi-xii; 3. Chapter 1. Introduction (by Sell, Roger D.), p.1-19; 4. Chapter 2. Herbert's considerateness: A communicational assessment (by Sell, Roger D.), p. 21-28; 5. Chapter 3. "Not my readers but the readers of their own selves": Literature as communication with the self in Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu (by Orhanen, Anna), p. 29-45; 6. Chapter 4. Intersubjective positioning and community-making: E. E. Cummings's Preface to his Collected Poems 1923-1958 (by Saki, Mohamed), p. 47-60; 7. Chapter 5. Genuine and distorted communication in autobiographical writing: E. M. Forster's "West Hackhurst" and its contexts (by Finch, Jason), p. 61-80; 8. Chapter 6. Women and the public sphere: Pope's addressivity through The Dunciad (by Borch, Adam), p. 81-97; 9. Chapter 7. Kipling, his narrator, and public interest (by Lindgren, Inna), p. 99-113; 10. Chapter 8. Call and response: Autonomy and dialogicity in Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Penitent (by Stromberg, David), p. 115-128; 11. Chapter 9. Hypothetical action: Poetry under erasure in Blake, Dickinson and Eliot (by Pettersson, Bo), p. 129-145; 12. Chapter 10. Metacommunication as ritual: Contemporary Romanian poetry (by Popescu, Carmen), p147-166; 13. Chapter 11. Terminal aposiopesis and sublime communication: Shakespeare's Sonnet 126 and Keats's "To Autumn" (by Sell, Jonathan P.A.), p.167-188; 14. Chapter 12. The utopian horizon of communication: Ernst Bloch's Traces and Johann-Peter Hebel's Treasure Chest (by Siebers, Johan), p. 189-212; 15. Chapter 13. When philosophy must become literature: Soren Kierkegaard's concept of indirect communication (by Husch, Sebastian), p. 213-228; 16. Chapter 14. An aesthetics of indirection in novels and letters: Balzac's communication with Evelina Hanska (by Szypula, Ewa), p. 229-246; 17. Chapter 15. Letters from a (post-)troubled city: Epistolary communication in Ciaran Carson's The Pen Friend (by Conan, Catherine), p. 247-265; 18. Index, p. 267-271 Viewing literature as one among other forms of communication, Roger D. Sell and his colleagues evaluate writer-respondent relationships according to the same ethical criterion as applies for dialogue of any other kind. In a nutshell: Are writers and readers respecting each other's human autonomy? If and when the answer here is "Yes!", Sell's team describe the communication that is going on as 'genuine'. In this latest book, they offer new illustrations of what they mean by this, and ask whether genuineness is compatible with communicational directness and communicational indirectness.