The event : literature and theory / Ilai Rowner
- Rowner, Ilai
- Lincoln ; London : University of Nebraska Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xv, 311 pages ; 23 cm
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction: Historical Event, Narrative Event, Literary Event -- 2.Intermezzo: The Cave in Homers Odyssey and the Cafe in Marguerite Duras's Moderato Cantabile -- pt. ONE THEORY -- 3.Martin Heidegger: The Event of Appropriation -- 4.Maurice Blanchot: The Event of Dying -- 5.Jacques Derrida: The Non-Advent of the Event -- 6.Gilles Deleuze: The Becoming of the Event -- pt. TWO LITERATURE -- 7.Toward a Theory of Literary Events: Conceptions and Principles -- 8.Air Raid One: Marcel Proust's Time Regained -- 9.Writing Corporeally: A Vital Move -- 10.Air Raid Two: Louis-Ferdinand Celine's Fable for Another Time -- 11.Air Raid Three: T. S. Eliot's "Little Gidding" from Four Quartets -- 12.Conclusion: Being Is in the Hands of the Event.
- "What is an event? From a philosophical perspective, events are irregular occurrences--moments of change and interruption--categorized by human perception, language, and thought. While philosophers have pored over this subject extensively in recent years, The Event: Literature and Theory seeks to ground it: What is literature's approach to the event? How does literature produce and give testimony to events? Ilai Rowner's study not only revisits some of the most important thinkers of our time, including Maurice Blanchot, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, and Martin Heidegger, it also develops a critical approach to literature that questions the meaning of the literary event through examinations of literary works by Marcel Proust, Louis-Ferdinand Ce;line, and T. S. Eliot. Rowner offers a new method of thinking about the particular characteristics of the event within literary works and defines the creative value of literature as the aspiration toward the un-happening within the happening. In this study the experience of literature--as an act of both writing and reading--becomes the struggle to capture the excessive movement of the event while yet revealing the creative energy within the work of literature. "--
- 9780803245853 (hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-293) and index.
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