Cosmic Miniatures and the Future Sense: Alexander Kluge's 21st-Century Literary Experiments in German Culture and Narrative Form - Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies 22 (Hardback)Leslie A. Adelson (author)
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Publisher: De Gruyter
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 mm
"Given the immensity and variety of Kluge's production, scholars are tempted to address all of its aspects in the hope of somehow encompassing this astonishing body of work. Taking the opposite tack, Adelson trades in the extensive for the intensive, with brilliant results: equipped with the instruments of critical theory and postclassical narratology, Cosmic Miniatures and the Future Sense bores incisively at one small corner of the Klugean universe--the literary miniature--to reveal the vast philosophical realm that is contained in this minor form. With great analytic precision, stylistic nuance, and no small amount of imagination, Adelson has succeeded in placing Kluge in an entirely new constellation of thought."
(Devin Fore, Princeton University)
"Beautifully and clearly written, Leslie Adelson's study of the future sense in Kluge's 21st-century prose miniatures develops a breathtaking dialogue between theoretical archives rarely brought together: German critical theory meets postclassical narratology, and memory studies are opened up towards futurity on the entangled scales of the national, the planetary and the cosmic. In imbricating phenomenological, materialist and epistemological perspectives, this dialogue forcefully conceptualizes the understudied narrative dimension of Kluge's work while challenging contemporary narrative theory to make room for the ways in which Kluge's experiments with narrative voice, perspective and temporality expand the realm of the sensible towards counterfactual hope."
(Claudia Breger, Indiana University Bloomington)