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Mourning happiness : narrative and the politics of modernity, Vivasvan Soni

Label
Mourning happiness : narrative and the politics of modernity
Title
Mourning happiness
Title remainder
narrative and the politics of modernity
Statement of responsibility
Vivasvan Soni
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
For many eighteenth-century thinkers, happiness was a revolutionary idea filled with the promise of the Enlightenment. Vivasvan Soni argues, however, that the period fails to establish the importance of happiness as a guiding idea for human practice, generating our modern sentimental idea of happiness. Mourning Happiness shows how the eighteenth century's very obsession with happiness culminates in the political obsolescence of the idea. Soni explains that this puzzling phenomenon can only be comprehended by studying a structural transformation of the idea of happiness at the level of narrative form. Happiness is stripped of its ethical and political content, Soni demonstrates, when its intimate relation to narrative is destroyed. This occurs, paradoxically, in some of the most characteristic narratives of the period: such eighteenth-century novels as Pamela, The Vicar of Wakefield, and Julie; the pervasive sentimentalism of the time; Kant's ethics; and the political thought of Rousseau and Jefferson. For Soni, the classical Greek idea of happiness--epitomized by Solon's proverb "Call no man happy until he is dead"--opens the way to imagining a properly secular conception of happiness, one that respects human finitude and mortality. By analyzing the story of Solon's encounter with Croesus, Attic funeral orations, Greek tragedy, and Aristotle's ethics, Soni explains what it means to think, rather than feel, a happiness available for public judgment, rooted in narrative, unimaginable without relationship to community, and irreducible to an emotional state. Such an ideal, Soni concludes, would allow for a radical reenvisioning of a politics that takes happiness seriously and responds to our highest aspirations rather than merely keeping our basest motivations in check
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NIC/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Soni, Vivasvan
Dewey number
170
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ1481
LC item number
.S657 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Happiness
  • Happiness in literature
  • Literature, Modern
  • Enlightenment
  • Happiness
  • Happiness
Label
Mourning happiness : narrative and the politics of modernity, Vivasvan Soni
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Solon's cryptic injunction : "Call no man happy until dead" -- A mourning happiness : the Athenian funeral oration -- Difficult happiness : the case of tragedy -- Aristotle's hermeneutic of happiness : the first forgetting -- The trial narrative in Richardson's Pamela : suspending the hermeneutic of happiness -- Effects of the trial narrative on the concept of happiness -- Marriage plot -- The tragedies of sentimentalism -- Kantian ethics and the discourses of modernity -- Happiness in revolution : erasing the political concept of happiness
Control code
617604046
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 536 pages
Isbn
9780801448171
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010023559
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)617604046
Label
Mourning happiness : narrative and the politics of modernity, Vivasvan Soni
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Solon's cryptic injunction : "Call no man happy until dead" -- A mourning happiness : the Athenian funeral oration -- Difficult happiness : the case of tragedy -- Aristotle's hermeneutic of happiness : the first forgetting -- The trial narrative in Richardson's Pamela : suspending the hermeneutic of happiness -- Effects of the trial narrative on the concept of happiness -- Marriage plot -- The tragedies of sentimentalism -- Kantian ethics and the discourses of modernity -- Happiness in revolution : erasing the political concept of happiness
Control code
617604046
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 536 pages
Isbn
9780801448171
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010023559
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)617604046

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