Kundera and Modernity: English/Spanish Edition (Paperback)
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Kundera and Modernity: English/Spanish Edition (Paperback)

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Paperback 259 Pages / Published: 28/02/2013
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While a large amount of scholarship about Milan Kundera's work exists, in Liisa Steinby's opinion, his work has not been studied within the context of (European) modernity as a sociohistorical and a cultural concept. Of course, he is considered to be a modernist writer (some call him even a postmodernist), but what the broader concept of modernity intellectually, historically, socially, and culturally means for him and how this is expressed in his texts has not been thoroughly examined.

Steinby's book fills this vacuum by analysing Kundera's novels from the viewpoint of his understanding of the existential problems in the culture of modernity. In addition, his relation to those modernist novelists from the first half of the twentieth century who are most important for him is scrutinised in detail. Steinby's Kundera and Modernity is intended for students of modernism in literary and (comparative) cultural studies, as well as those interested in European and Central European studies.

Key Points: Offers new insights into the work of the popular modern writer Milan Kundera. Expands the reader's understanding of the meaning of the concept of "modernity." Widens the literature available in English about Central European culture.

Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 9781557536372
Number of pages: 259
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This work is superb. By examining the works and traditions that Kundera claims to have influenced him, Steinby demonstrates how Kundera's misreading of previous novelists as well as his own desire to be taken out of the Czech or Central European context has informed his own work. This book is the result of many years of painstaking research." - Craig Cravens, Indiana University

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