Beyond the Limits of Language Reading the Evolution of E.M. Forster's Prophets Through the Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Description: This thesis explores E.M. Forster's ethics of "human relations" and how Forster links this creed to a specific sense of language and meaning, which he reevaluates throughout his literary career. Forster's ethical-linguistic reinterpretations can be understood through the philosophical lens of Ludwig Wittgenstein's own evolving philosophy--through the shifts between his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and his Philosophical Investigations . Within his novels Forster centralizes his ethics in a prophet figure. The elder Mr. Emerson from A Room with a View , the first Mrs. Wilcox from Howards End , and Mrs. Moore from A Passage to India , are perhaps the most well-defined and recognizable of Forster's prophet figure; they will be the focus of this thesis. By tracing the evolution of Forster's prophet figure this project will show how Forster gradually interrogates a Tractarian sense of language and ethics and moves towards the more relative sense of meaning Wittgenstein presents in the Investigations .
Language: English
Format: Degree Work