Beyond the Paradox of the Nostalgic Modernist: Temporality in the Works of J.-K. Huysmans

Beyond the Paradox of the Nostalgic Modernist: Temporality in the Works of J.-K. Huysmans

by Elisabeth M. Donato
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820455784

ISBN-13: 9780820455785

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

This investigation of J.-K. Huysmans’ representation of temporality sheds light on the complex and paradoxical nature of this late-nineteenth-century novelist and art critic, who was a modernist steeped in nostalgia as well as a nostalgic steeped in modernity. To unveil and understand the mechanisms and logic of this paradox, Elisabeth M. Donato examines

Overview

This investigation of J.-K. Huysmans’ representation of temporality sheds light on the complex and paradoxical nature of this late-nineteenth-century novelist and art critic, who was a modernist steeped in nostalgia as well as a nostalgic steeped in modernity. To unveil and understand the mechanisms and logic of this paradox, Elisabeth M. Donato examines Huysmans’ characters’ dealings with measured time and schedules, investigates the failure of des Esseintes’ aesthetic experiment, and relates the novelist’s construct of «spiritualist naturalism» to his increasingly frequent and intense longings for his own medieval utopia. Donato’s new perspective onto the intricate relationship between modernity and nostalgia underscores Huysmans’ firm and very modern stance à rebours of commonality in his never ending search for a solution to his dilemma.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820455785
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
The Modernist Revolution in World Literature Ser., #2
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
Chapter 1Repetition and Circularity as the Expression of Bourgeois Modernity7
Chapter 2Clocks and Schedules: Harnessing Time--or Transcending It63
Chapter 3A Rebours: The Temptation of Aesthetic Time113
Chapter 4The Past as a Vision: A Modern Expression of Nostalgia177
Conclusion265
Bibliography273
Index281

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