Joyce was the first Modernist to use the religious term epiphany to describe an unexpected insight, often within a trivial, mundane biographical or fictional context. But prose fiction around 1900 is full of similar concepts under various names: moment of vision, moment of being, anderer Zustand, mémoire involontaire. This book asks three questions: Where does the concept of the epiphanic moment come from? What does it look like? Why was it so valuable for prose fiction around 1900? Finally the study looks at the present use of the term only to discover that «epiphany» has recently had an astonishing comeback – even Homer Simpson has had his epiphany.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften|
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About the Author
The Author: After graduating from the University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Birgit Neuhold taught German and ESL at several German secondary schools before spending a few years abroad in New York City, Singapore, Tokyo and London. She is back to teaching now and has also contributed to various ESL textbooks.
Table of Contents
Contents: Definition of the epiphanic moment, historical overview – Platonic concepts, conversion, mystical vision – Focus on epiphanic concepts in Conrad, Joyce and Woolf – Key texts Heart of Darkness, Portrait of the Artist and To the Lighthouse – Key concept: modern epiphany – Patch to dress modernist ailments (rift of subject and object, disintegration of the «I», relativity of time etc.) – Momentariness both deficient (transitory) and authentic.