Absence of God in Modernist Literature [NOOK Book]

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This book combines literary criticism, postmodern theology, philosophy, and musicology in a rethinking of the relationship of modernist literature and religion. Erickson argues that theological modes of thinking are ingrained in the very roots of our metaphysical assumptions, and are impossible to escape, even and especially in the skeptical and experimental woks of modernism. By concentrating on moments of difficulty and ambiguity in works such as Henry James's The Golden Bowl, Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost ...

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Overview

This book combines literary criticism, postmodern theology, philosophy, and musicology in a rethinking of the relationship of modernist literature and religion. Erickson argues that theological modes of thinking are ingrained in the very roots of our metaphysical assumptions, and are impossible to escape, even and especially in the skeptical and experimental woks of modernism. By concentrating on moments of difficulty and ambiguity in works such as Henry James's The Golden Bowl, Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time, and Arnold Schoenberg's opera Moses und Aron, the book identifies the paradoxical construction of a god-idea buried in the tropes and metaphors of each text.

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"The quite amazing stretch of this beautifully written book reaches out effortlessly to the far shores of negative theology and its attendant philosophies. Hegel, Levinas, Derrida, and Kristeva mingle with Proust, Joyce, and Henry James, until we plunge into Schoenberg and the complexities of Moses und Aron. Erickson knows his philosophical, literary, and musical stuff — and is never dull about any of it."—Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York; Author of Glorious Eccentrics: Modernist Women Painting and Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

"This book is very impressive in many respects, offering a comprehensive overview of postmodern theology, detailed discussions of the modern novel by authors such as Henry James and Marcel Proust, and twentieth-century music, focusing on the work of Arnold Schoenberg. Each chapter is well informed, and demonstrates mastery of available criticism."—William D. Melaney, Chair, Dept. of English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo

"Erickson makes deep and broad connections between the high modernists (most fully late James, Proust, Arnold Schoenberg) and postmodern theological speculation according to which disjunction and rupture are inherent in their very quest for an ultimate coherence and unity. His book is ambitious, very well written, and brilliant from start to finish."—David Gordon, Emeritus Professor of English, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230260863
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Annotated edition
  • File size: 380 KB

Meet the Author

Gregory Erickson earned his Ph.D. in English from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He teaches world literature and writing at Mannes College and New York University. He is also a professional trombonist, and from 2001-2005 was the Director of Classical Music at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

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Table of Contents

Literature after the Death of God * Reading God/God Writing: The Irrational and Difficult Name * The Golden Bowl, Atheology, and Nothing * À La Recherche and Proust's Unstable Metaphors of Divinity * Proust's Theology of Musical Aesthetics * Godless Silences: Modernist Poetry, Musical Atonality, and the Challenge of Coherence
• Schoenberg's Impossible God: Moses und Aron * The Other Side of God: Reading in the Dark

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