Literary Epiphany in the Novel, 1850-1950: Constellations of the Soul

Hardcover | October 2, 2012

bySharon Kim

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Reading literature in relation to both contemporary theory and theology, Sharon Kim studies literary epiphany as the revelation of "being" within the British and American novel, with particular attention to why such realization of character is often attended by the language of spirituality. Epiphany presents a significant alternative to traditional models of linking the eye, the mind, and the self. This book analyzes in what way these epiphanies become "spiritual" and how both character and narrative shape themselves like constellations around such moments. Beginning with James Joyce, ''inventor'' of literary epiphany, and Martin Heidegger, who used the ancient Greek concepts behind ''epiphaneia'' to re-define the concept of Being, Kim offers engaging new readings of novels by Susan Warner, George Eliot, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, and William Faulkner.

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Reading literature in relation to both contemporary theory and theology, Sharon Kim studies literary epiphany as the revelation of "being" within the British and American novel, with particular attention to why such realization of character is often attended by the language of spirituality. Epiphany presents a significant alternative to traditional models of linking the eye, the mind, and the sel...

Sharon Kim is a professor of English at Judson University, with a particular interest in the intersections of religion, spirituality, and literature. She completed her PhD at Yale University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 8.88 × 5.7 × 0.7 inPublished:October 2, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1137021845

ISBN - 13:9781137021847

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Table of Contents

Opening the Subject: Joyce and Heidegger on Epiphany 
The Promise of Being: Spiritual Epiphany in The Wide, Wide World 
Reverse Projection: Moral Epiphany in Middlemarch 
The Dark Flash: Epiphany and Heredity in The House of Mirth 
The Mirror of Mental Ruin in To the Lighthouse 
The Look of the Other in The Bear