The Event: Literature and Theory (Hardback)Ilai Rowner (author)
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Ilai Rowner's study not only revisits some of the most important thinkers of our time, including Maurice Blanchot, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, and Martin Heidegger, it also develops a critical approach to literature that questions the meaning of the literary event through examinations of literary works by Marcel Proust, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, and T. S. Eliot.
Rowner offers a new method of thinking about the particular characteristics of the event within literary works and defines the creative value of literature as the aspiration toward the un-happening within the happening. In this study the experience of literature-as an act of both writing and reading-becomes the struggle to capture the excessive movement of the event while also revealing the creative energy within that work of literature.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 553 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
"Rowner's book is a considerable `event.' Written with great precision but also highly readable, this work offers an example of what contemporary interdisciplinary theory can produce at its best; its accessibility should draw a considerable number of readers from different fields of human and social sciences."-Julia Kristeva, author of Stranger to Ourselves-- Julia Kristeva