The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction with a New Epilogue / Edition 1

The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction with a New Epilogue / Edition 1

by Frank Kermode
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195136128

ISBN-13: 9780195136128

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Frank Kermode is one of our most distinguished critics of English literature. Here, he contributes a new epilogue to his collection of classic lectures on the relationship of fiction to age-old concepts of apocalyptic chaos and crisis. Prompted by the approach of the millennium, he revisits the book which brings his highly concentrated insights to bear on some of

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Frank Kermode is one of our most distinguished critics of English literature. Here, he contributes a new epilogue to his collection of classic lectures on the relationship of fiction to age-old concepts of apocalyptic chaos and crisis. Prompted by the approach of the millennium, he revisits the book which brings his highly concentrated insights to bear on some of the most unyielding philosophical and aesthetic enigmas. Examining the works of writers from Plato to William Burrows, Kermode shows how they have persistently imposed their "fictions" upon the face of eternity and how these have reflected the apocalyptic spirit. Kermode then discusses literature at a time when new fictive explanations, as used by Spenser and Shakespeare, were being devised to fit a world of uncertain beginning and end. He goes on to deal perceptively with modern literature with "traditionalists" such as Yeats, Eliot, and Joyce, as well as contemporary "schismatics," the French "new novelists," and such seminal figures as Jean-Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett. Whether weighing the difference between modern and earlier modes of apocalyptic thought, considering the degeneration of fiction into myth, or commenting on the vogue of the Absurd, Kermode is distinctly lucid, persuasive, witty, and prodigal of ideas.

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ISBN-13:
9780195136128
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,183,240
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1290L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
The End
3(32)
Fictions
35(32)
World Without End or Beginning
67(26)
The Modern Apocalypse
93(34)
Literary Fiction and Reality
127(28)
Solitary Confinement
155(26)
Epilogue The Sense of an Ending, 1999 181(18)
Notes 199

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