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Expectation

Philosophy, Literature

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Expectation is a major volume of Jean-Luc Nancy's writings on literature, written across three decades but, for the most part, previously unavailable in English. More substantial than literary criticism, these essays collectively negotiate literature's relation to philosophy. Nancy pursues such questions as literature's claims to truth, the status of narrative, the relation of poetry and prose, and the unity of a book or of a text, and he addresses a number of major European writers, including Dante, Sterne, Rousseau, Hoelderlin, Proust, Joyce, and Blanchot. The final section offers a number of impressive pieces by Nancy that completely merge his concerns for philosophy and literature and philosophy-as-literature. These include a lengthy parody of Valery's "La Jeune Parque," several original poems by Nancy, and a beautiful prose-poetic discourse on an installation by Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani that incorporates the Faust theme. Opening with a substantial Introduction by Jean-Michel Rabate that elaborates Nancy's importance as a literary thinker, this book constitutes the most substantial statement to date by one of today's leading philosophers on a discipline that has been central to his work across his career.

Product code: 9780823277599

ISBN 9780823277599
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152
On Sale Date 03/10/2017
No. Of Pages 296
Publisher Fordham University Press
Expectation is a collection of critical texts on literature written between 1977 and 2012 and now made available for the first time in English.