Lamentation and Modernity in Literature, Philosophy, and Culture

Lamentation and Modernity in Literature, Philosophy, and Culture

by Rebecca Saunders
     
 

Examining modernity's pervasive rhetoric of loss and crisis from the unique perspective of women's lament traditions, Lamentation and Modernity analyzes the ideological uses of loss in literary, philosophical, and social texts from the late 19th and 20th centuries. A significant reassessment of conceptions of modernity, At God's Funeral contains

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Examining modernity's pervasive rhetoric of loss and crisis from the unique perspective of women's lament traditions, Lamentation and Modernity analyzes the ideological uses of loss in literary, philosophical, and social texts from the late 19th and 20th centuries. A significant reassessment of conceptions of modernity, At God's Funeral contains studies of the lament tradition and the history of trauma; of philosophical texts by Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida; of literary works by William Faulkner, Stéphane Mallarmé, Dimitris Hatzis, and Tahar Ben Jelloun, and of relevant cultural contexts, including the American "New South," French nationalism of the 1880s, the Greek independence struggle, and the (de)colonization of Morocco.

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"Through a series of probing theoretical reflections and incisive close readings, ranging over important texts of both critical theory and literature, Saunders's book explores the haunting role of lamentation in modernity. She sees lamentation as an aesthetic and political form interacting with traumatic loss and traversing various genres, discourses, and rhetorical traditions. Transnational and interdisciplinary in scope, this excellent study offers sustained insight into crucial components of contemporary thought and culture."--Dominick LaCapra, Cornell University

"This is a scholarly and intellectually ambitious work. Saunders employs a daunting range of theoretical sources to support her convincing argument. A real contribution to the study of lamentation and the literature of modernism."--Gail Holst-Warhaft, Cornell University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403983855
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.75(d)

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