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The Art of Being: Poetics of the Novel and Existentialist Philosophy

Yi-Ping Ong
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9780674983656, 0674983653
Summary
The Art of Being: Poetics of the Novel and Existential Philosophy offers an account of the poetics of the realist novel, based on how the novel reorients philosophy in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Beauvoir not only read novels and use novelistic techniques of representation in their work, but also discover a radically new way of thinking about the relation between the form of the novel and the nature of self-knowledge, freedom, and world. Drawing upon a rich archive of existentialists writing on the novel, Ong argues that for these thinkers the poetics of the novel in its classic phase - the nineteenth- and twentieth-century realist novel - discloses the conditions for thinking about the meaning of existence. Bringing together philosophy, novel theory, and intellectual history with groundbreaking readings of the novels of Tolstoy, Eliot, Austen, James, Flaubert, and Zola, this study reveals how the novel engages with philosophically rich notions of freedom, world, and the unfinished character of human life in its very form.--
Contents
  • Prologue: The existence of the novel in Nabokov's diagram
  • Introduction: The point of view of existence
  • Towards an existentialist poetics of the novel
  • The character of self-consciousness: representing freedom in the novel of marriage
  • Detotalized totality: situation, world, and being-in-the-novel
  • The novel and the unfinished work of art
  • Conclusion: The novel and philosophy.
Description
298 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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