Mysticism and the Mid-Century Novel

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

byJames Clements

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This book argues that many of the mid-twentieth century's significant novelists were united by their desire to return the interior novel to ethical engagement. They did not seek morality in society, politics or the individual will, but sought to unveil a transcendent God through the use of techniques drawn from the canon of mystical literature.

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This book argues that many of the mid-twentieth century's significant novelists were united by their desire to return the interior novel to ethical engagement. They did not seek morality in society, politics or the individual will, but sought to unveil a transcendent God through the use of techniques drawn from the canon of mystical li...

JAMES CLEMENTS is an Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Dubai, UAE.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.16 × 5.64 × 0.79 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230303544

ISBN - 13:9780230303546

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Middle Is Everywhere
Towards an Ideal Limit: Linguistic Authority in the Work of Iris Murdoch
From Apophasis to Aporia: William Golding and the Indescribable
Verbal Sludge: The Ethics of Instability in Patrick White's Prose
Bliss From Bricks: Saul Bellow's Moral Phenomenology
Conclusion: Drawing Circles In The Sea: Un-Defining the 'Mystical Novelist'
Endnotes
Works Cited

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"Mysticism and the Mid-Century Novel is an original and eloquent treatment of early postwar fiction in English, describing authoritatively and persuasively the efforts of a range of enduringly important novelists to formulate a moral orientation and epistemology adequate to the catastrophes of their recent past. Tightly focused and lucidly and gracefully written throughout, this is a significant and very welcome addition to the growing body of scholarship on a formerly neglected phase of the novel's modern history." - Marina Mackay, Associate Professor in English, Washington University in St. Louis