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Writing Against Time
For centuries, a central goal of art has been to make us see the world with new eyes. Thinkers from Edmund Burke to Elaine Scarry have understood this effort as the attempt to create new forms. But as anyone who has ever worn out a song by repeated listening knows, artistic form is hardly immune to sensation-killing habit. Some of our most ambitious writers—Keats, Proust, ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published January 9th 2013 by Stanford University Press
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Clunky, repetitive, inexact prose makes this one a lot harder to read than it needs to be. The chapter on Nabokov and deQuincey (in which Clune reads Nabokov's Lolita and deQuincey's heroin as literary expressions of the desire to stop time, or attempts to capture the way addictive objects seem to stop time for the addict) is worth reading.