The articles in this collection focus attention on the concept of literature and on the relationship between this concept and the concepts of a literary work and a literary text. Adopting an analytic approach, the articles attempt to clarify how these concepts govern our thinking about the phenomenon of literature in various ways, exploring the issues which arise when these concepts are employed as theoretical instruments for describing and analyzing the phenomenon of literature.
STEIN HAUGOM OLSEN is currently Chair Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. From 1985 to 1997 he was Chair and Professor of British Civilization Studies at the University of Oslo. ANDERS PETTERSSON is Professor of Swedish and Comparative Literature in the Department of Scandinavian Languages and Comparative Literature, Umea University, Sweden, and a member of the executive board of the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM).