Oscillation in Literary Modernism by John Francis HartyOscillation in Literary Modernism by John Francis Harty

Oscillation in Literary Modernism

byJohn Francis Harty

Paperback | August 3, 2009

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While the two modernist novels considered in this book, Samuel Beckett’s Murphy and Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano, were initially understood within the categories of stoic and tragic despair, more recent criticism has focused upon their carnivalesque dimension. The identification of these hermeneutic polarities presented the author with the challenging problem which underlies the present analysis, namely the question concerning the structural relationship between the contesting thematics. Drawing upon the paradigm of oscillation as established within the natural sciences, and adding a figurative dimension to the concept, the author has adapted this model as a key to unravelling the narrative buoyancy and structural coherence which sustain these novels of Modernism. The book elucidates how the carnivalesque challenge to despair contributes towards innovative narrative configurations, galvanizing the thematic antipodes into vertiginous microcosms of defiant selfhood.
The Author: John Francis Harty is a native of Dublin where he studied Philosophy and English Literature. He was then awarded a scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to pursue post-graduate research at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau on the philosophy of Max Scheler for which he received a Master’s Degree. ...
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Title:Oscillation in Literary ModernismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:August 3, 2009Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Contents: Kirkegaardian despair – Bakhtinian carnivalesque – Oscillation scientific and figurative – Solipsism – Forms of defiant selfhood – Nemesis and abject hero – Chaos theory – Limit experience – Indeterminacy – Fatal epiphanies – Philosophical intertextuality.