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What does literature know? Does it offer us knowledge of its own or does it only interrupt and question other forms of knowledge? This book answers and prolongs these questions through the close examination of individual works and the exploration of a broad array of examples. Chapters on Henry James, Kafka, and the form of the villanelle are interspersed with wider-ranging inquiries into forms of irony, indirection and the uses of fiction. Examples range from Auden to Proust and Rilke, and from Calvino to Jean Rhys and Yeats.Read more
- New readings of classic texts by authors including Henry James, Proust, Franz Kafka and Jean Rhys
- Combination of close reading with theoretical speculation
- New understandings of the role of ambiguity and irony in literature
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- Date Published: October 2005
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521606530
- length: 216 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.26kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: among the analogies
1. What Henry knew
2. After such knowledge
3. Kafka and the Third Reich
4. Seven types of obliquity
5. Missing dates
6. The fictionable world
Epilogue: the essays of our life.
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