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The Resource Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer : a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature, Allard den Dulk

Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer : a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature, Allard den Dulk

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Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer : a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature
Title
Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer
Title remainder
a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature
Statement of responsibility
Allard den Dulk
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The novels of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer are increasingly regarded as representing a new trend, an 'aesthetic sea change' in contemporary American fiction. 'Post-postmodernism' and 'New Sincerity' are just two of the labels that have been attached to this trend. But what do these labels mean? What characterizes and connects these novels? Dulk shows that the connection between these works lies in their shared philosophical dimension. On the one hand, they portray excessive self-reflection and endless irony as the two main problems of contemporary Western life. On the other hand, the novels embody an attempt to overcome these problems: sincerity, reality-commitment and community are portrayed as the virtues needed to achieve a meaningful life. This shared philosophical dimension is analyzed by viewing the novels in light of the existentialist philosophies of Soren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Albert Camus"--
  • "A philosophical analysis of existentialist themes in the fiction of Wallace, Eggers and Foer"--
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1978-
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Dulk, Allard den
Dewey number
813.009/384
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS374.E9
LC item number
D85 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Existentialism in literature
  • Literature
  • Postmodernism (Literature)
  • Irony in literature
  • American fiction
  • Wallace, David Foster
  • Eggers, Dave
  • Foer, Jonathan Safran
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
Label
Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer : a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature, Allard den Dulk
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: -- List of Abbreviations AcknowledgmentsForeword Introduction 1. Aims and Method 2. An 'Aesthetic Sea-Change' in American Literature 3. Outline of Primary Literary Works 4. Heuristic Perspectives 5. Outline of the Study PART I PROBLEMS Chapter 1 -- Hyperreflexivity Introduction 1. Factors of Heightened Contemporary Reflexivity 2. Sartre's View of Consciousness and Self-Reflection 3. The Alienation of Self-Reflection Conclusion Chapter 2 -- Endless Irony Introduction 1. Irony as an Attitude towards Existence 2. Irony as Negative Independence3. Endless 'Aesthetic' Irony 4. Meta-Irony Conclusion PROBLEMATIC FICTIONChapter 3 -- Postmodernist Metafiction: John Barth Introduction 1. Metafiction 2. Deconstruction and Metafiction Conclusion Chapter 4̂̂̂̂
  • Postmodernist Minimalism: Bret Easton Ellis Introduction 1. General Comparison 2. Four Aspects of the Escalation of Ironic-Aesthetic Existence 3. A Continuation of Reflexive Irony Conclusion PART II ENGAGED FICTIONChapter 5 -- Wittgenstein and Wallace: The Meaning of Fiction Introduction 1. Wittgenstein: The Temptation of Essences 2. Wittgenstein: The Irrelevance of Essences 3. The Virtues of the Late-Wittgensteinian Language View 4. A Late-Wittgensteinian View of Fiction Conclusion ENGAGEMENTChapter 6 -- Sincerity Introduction 1. Sincerity vs. Authenticity 2. Sincerity: A Sartrean, Existentialist Ideal 3. Cases of Sincerity: The Fiction of Wallace, Eggers and Foer Conclusion Chapter 7 -- Reality-Commitment Introduction 1. The Realization of Choice: Freedom, Despair, Urgency 2. The Reality of the Self as Gift and Task 3. Reality as Repetition Conclusion Chapter 8̂̂̂̂
Control code
885026384
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 301 pages
Isbn
9781628923315
Lccn
2014021584
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)885026384
Label
Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer : a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature, Allard den Dulk
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: -- List of Abbreviations AcknowledgmentsForeword Introduction 1. Aims and Method 2. An 'Aesthetic Sea-Change' in American Literature 3. Outline of Primary Literary Works 4. Heuristic Perspectives 5. Outline of the Study PART I PROBLEMS Chapter 1 -- Hyperreflexivity Introduction 1. Factors of Heightened Contemporary Reflexivity 2. Sartre's View of Consciousness and Self-Reflection 3. The Alienation of Self-Reflection Conclusion Chapter 2 -- Endless Irony Introduction 1. Irony as an Attitude towards Existence 2. Irony as Negative Independence3. Endless 'Aesthetic' Irony 4. Meta-Irony Conclusion PROBLEMATIC FICTIONChapter 3 -- Postmodernist Metafiction: John Barth Introduction 1. Metafiction 2. Deconstruction and Metafiction Conclusion Chapter 4̂̂̂̂
  • Postmodernist Minimalism: Bret Easton Ellis Introduction 1. General Comparison 2. Four Aspects of the Escalation of Ironic-Aesthetic Existence 3. A Continuation of Reflexive Irony Conclusion PART II ENGAGED FICTIONChapter 5 -- Wittgenstein and Wallace: The Meaning of Fiction Introduction 1. Wittgenstein: The Temptation of Essences 2. Wittgenstein: The Irrelevance of Essences 3. The Virtues of the Late-Wittgensteinian Language View 4. A Late-Wittgensteinian View of Fiction Conclusion ENGAGEMENTChapter 6 -- Sincerity Introduction 1. Sincerity vs. Authenticity 2. Sincerity: A Sartrean, Existentialist Ideal 3. Cases of Sincerity: The Fiction of Wallace, Eggers and Foer Conclusion Chapter 7 -- Reality-Commitment Introduction 1. The Realization of Choice: Freedom, Despair, Urgency 2. The Reality of the Self as Gift and Task 3. Reality as Repetition Conclusion Chapter 8̂̂̂̂
Control code
885026384
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 301 pages
Isbn
9781628923315
Lccn
2014021584
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)885026384

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