Identity, Politics and Novel: The Aesthetic Moment (Hardback)
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Identity, Politics and Novel: The Aesthetic Moment (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 31/05/2013
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Fraser's diverse and wide-ranging book offers an examination of the work of four critically acclaimed novelists, Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Identity), Ian McEwan (Atonement and Saturday), Michel Houellebecq (Atomised and Platform) and J.M. Coetzee (Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year), to aesthetically explore our understanding of identity. The analysis utilises frameworks from classical and contemporary political, philosophical and social theory to explore the notion of the aesthetic self within these texts. Fraser explores these ideas from within the Marxist aesthetic tradition, using theorists such as Friedrich Nietzsche, G. W. F. Hegel, E.P. Thompson, Julia Kristeva, Henri Lefebvre, Albert Camus, Thomas Aquinas and Theodor Adorno. Fraser therefore offers an innovative and unique approach that breaks new ground by developing a Marxist aesthetic account of identity through the medium of contemporary fiction.

Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISBN: 9780708326060
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 413 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 23 mm


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"This is a brave and ambitious book that combines theoretical sophistication with a direct, positive engagement with literature. It offers a critical engagement with outstanding examples of contemporary literature, with a view to identifying how works by Kundera, McEwan, Houellebecq, and Coetzee present aspects of an aesthetic self, engendering epiphanic responses that allow for radical and intense changes in political and philosophical awareness. The readings of the novels are direct, plausible, and informed by considerable philosophical acuity. This is a book that is well worth reading."--Gary Browning, Oxford Brookes University
This is a brave and ambitious book that combines theoretical sophistication with a direct, positive engagement with literature. It offers a critical engagement with outstanding examples of contemporary literature, with a view to identifying how works by Kundera, McEwan, Houellebecq, and Coetzee present aspects of an aesthetic self, engendering epiphanic responses that allow for radical and intense changes in political and philosophical awareness. The readings of the novels are direct, plausible, and informed by considerable philosophical acuity. This is a book that is well worth reading. --Gary Browning, Oxford Brookes University"

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