Pinpoint of Eternity: European Literature in Search of the All-Encompassing Moment

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Studies the occurrence of "pinpoints of eternity") or certain kinds of intensely experienced moments) in a number of key works of literature such as Dante's "Divine Comedy," Goethe's " Faust" and Thomas Mann's "Doctor Faustus." The literary quest for the timeless moment in literature is a paradox that lies at the very heart of literature and this work assesses the poet's struggle against impossible odds to make his creation concrete and particular as well as of universal ...
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Studies the occurrence of "pinpoints of eternity") or certain kinds of intensely experienced moments) in a number of key works of literature such as Dante's "Divine Comedy," Goethe's " Faust" and Thomas Mann's "Doctor Faustus." The literary quest for the timeless moment in literature is a paradox that lies at the very heart of literature and this work assesses the poet's struggle against impossible odds to make his creation concrete and particular as well as of universal significance. Co-published with McMaster University

Author Biography: Peter Salm is Professor of Comparative Literature at Case Western Reserve University.

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Philosophy and Literature
In a pleasurably rich, insightful, and, yet, disturbing book, Peter Salm ponders the philosophical-literary moment that creates our vision of experience....The book stands on its own because it stands squarely in the shoes of an author who has confronted his texts for a long time and reflected in terms of that very confrontation.
Philosophy and Literature - R. J. Nelson
A fascinating study of the spatio-temporal metaphor of the 'all-encompassing point'. Especially enjoyed Salm's insights into Woolf and Mann.
Philosophy and Literature - Victor Lange
I read it without putting it down. It is a remarkable job on one of the great themes, most persuasively argued and full of good stuff.
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Peter Salm is Professor of Comparative Literature at Case Western Reserve University.

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