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Unknowing: The Work of Modernist Fiction
Philip Weinstein explores the modernist commitment to unknowing by addressing the work of three supreme experimental writers: Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, and William Faulkner. In their novels, the narrative props that support the drama of coming to know are refused. When space turns uncanny rather than lawful, when time ceases to be linear and progressive, objects and othe ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 22nd 2005 by Cornell University Press
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Recommended for me by a professor who is a reader on my master's thesis. At first I was skeptical- really, another critical tome, as I'm scurrying to get a hold on my own scribbling and putting everything together? I'm good with the face to face conversation but on paper it's a different story- my poor prose is all alone, on its own, with nothing but an invisible interlocutor to parse meaning and significance. It's scary, it's graphophobia, it's fear and cowardice and general writerliness writ ...more