End of Story: Toward an Annihilation of Language and History

End of Story: Toward an Annihilation of Language and History

by Crispin Sartwell
     
 

Argues that the academy's obsession with language, and in particular with narrative, has become a sort of disease.

In End of Story, Crispin Sartwell maintains that the academy is obsessed with language, and with narrative in particular. Narrative has been held to constitute or explain time, action, value, history, and human identity. Sartwell argues that this

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Argues that the academy's obsession with language, and in particular with narrative, has become a sort of disease.

In End of Story, Crispin Sartwell maintains that the academy is obsessed with language, and with narrative in particular. Narrative has been held to constitute or explain time, action, value, history, and human identity. Sartwell argues that this obsession with language and narrative has become a sort of disease. Pitting such thinkers as Kierkegaard, Bataille, and Epictetus against the narrativism of MacIntyre, Ricoeur, and Aristotle, Sartwell celebrates the ways narratives and selves disintegrate and recommends a lapse into ecstatic or mundane incoherence. As the book rollicks through Wodehouse, Thoreau, the Book of Job, still-life painting, and Sartwell’s autobiography, there emerges a hopeful if bizarre new sense of who we are and what we can be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791447260
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.29(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Putting Language in Its Place

1. Telos and Torture

2. Sign and Sin

3. History and Multiplicity

4. Presence and Fate

Index

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