Language and Negativity in European Modernism: Toward a Literature of the Unword

Weller, Shane (2018) Language and Negativity in European Modernism: Toward a Literature of the Unword. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, 280 pp. ISBN 978-1-108-47502-0. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This book charts the history of a distinct strain of European literary modernism that emerged out of a radical reengagement with late nineteenth-century language skepticism. Focusing ?rst on the literary and philosophical strands of this language-skeptical tradition, the book proceeds to trace the various forms of linguistic negativism deployed by European writers in the interwar and postwar years, including Franz Kafka, Georges Bataille, Samuel Beckett, Maurice Blanchot, Paul Celan, and W. G. Sebald. Through close analyses of these and other writers’ attempts to capture an “unspeakable” experience, Language and Negativity in European Modernism explores the remarkable literary attempt to deploy the negative potentialities of language to articulate an experience of what, shortly after World War II, Beckett described as a vision of “humanity in ruins.”

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN865 Comparative Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Shane Weller
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 15:49 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 10:49 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70283 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Weller, Shane: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9468-4930
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