The Absence of God in Modernist Literature

The Absence of God in Modernist Literature

by G. Erickson
     
 

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Uses recent thought in continental philosophy and postmodern theology to interpret hidden and contradictory 'god-ideas' in texts of modernism such as Henry James's The Golden Bowl , Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time , James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man , and Arnold Schoenberg's opera Moses und Aron .

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Uses recent thought in continental philosophy and postmodern theology to interpret hidden and contradictory 'god-ideas' in texts of modernism such as Henry James's The Golden Bowl , Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time , James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man , and Arnold Schoenberg's opera Moses und Aron .

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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 HenryJames,until we plunge into Schoenberg and the complexities of Moses und Aron. Erickson knows his philosophical, literary, andmusical stuff - and is neverdull about any of it.' - Mary Ann Caws, DistinguishedProfessor 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 novelby authors such as Henry James and Marcel Proust, and twentieth-century music, focusing onthe 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 veryquest for an ultimate coherence and unity. His book is ambitious, very wellwritten, and brilliant from start to finish.' - David Gordon, Emeritus Professor of English, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403977588
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
06/08/2007
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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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