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The Resource Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer : a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature, Allard den Dulk

Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer : a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature, Allard den Dulk

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Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer : a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature
Title
Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer
Title remainder
a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature
Statement of responsibility
Allard den Dulk
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "The novels of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer are increasingly regarded as representing a new trend, an 'aesthetic sea change' in contemporary American fiction. 'Post-postmodernism' and 'New Sincerity' are just two of the labels that have been attached to this trend. But what do these labels mean? What characterizes and connects these novels? Dulk shows that the connection between these works lies in their shared philosophical dimension. On the one hand, they portray excessive self-reflection and endless irony as the two main problems of contemporary Western life. On the other hand, the novels embody an attempt to overcome these problems: sincerity, reality-commitment and community are portrayed as the virtues needed to achieve a meaningful life. This shared philosophical dimension is analyzed by viewing the novels in light of the existentialist philosophies of Soren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Albert Camus"--
  • "A philosophical analysis of existentialist themes in the fiction of Wallace, Eggers and Foer"--
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1978-
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Dulk, Allard den
Dewey number
813.009/384
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.E9
LC item number
D85 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Wallace, David Foster
  • Eggers, Dave
  • Foer, Jonathan Safran
  • American fiction
  • Existentialism in literature
  • Literature
  • Postmodernism (Literature)
  • Irony in literature
  • Eggers, Dave
  • Wallace, David Foster
  • Literary studies: from c 1900
  • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American fiction
  • Existentialism in literature
  • Irony in literature
  • Literature
  • Postmodernism (Literature)
  • United States
Label
Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer : a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature, Allard den Dulk
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Half-Title; Title; Imprint; Contents; List of Abbreviations; Foreword; Introduction; 1. Aims and method; 2. An 'aesthetic sea-change' in American literature; 3. Outline of primary literary works; 4. Heuristic perspectives; 5. Outline of the study; Part One Problems; 1 Hyperreflexivity; Introduction; 1. Factors of heightened contemporary reflexivity; 2. Sartre's view of consciousness and self-reflection; 3. The alienation of self-reflection; Conclusion; 2 Endless Irony; Introduction; 1. Irony as an attitude towards existence; 2. Irony as negative independence
  • 3. Endless 'aesthetic' irony4. Meta-irony; Conclusion; Problematic Fiction; 3 Postmodernist Metafiction: John Barth.; Introduction; 1. Metafiction; 2. Deconstruction and metafiction; Conclusion; 4 Postmodernist Minimalism: Bret Easton Ellis.; Introduction; 1. General comparison; 2. Four aspects of the escalation of ironic-aesthetic existence; 3. A continuation of reflexive irony; Conclusion; Part Two Engaged Fiction; 5 Wittgenstein and Wallace: The Meaning of Fiction.; Introduction; 1. Wittgenstein: The temptation of essences; 2. Wittgenstein: The irrelevance of essences
  • 3. The virtues of the late-Wittgensteinian language view4. A late-Wittgensteinian view of fiction; Conclusion; Engagement; 6 Sincerity; Introduction; 1. Sincerity versus authenticity; 2. Sincerity: A Sartrean, existentialist ideal; 3. Case studies of sincerity: The fiction of Wallace, Eggers and Foer; Conclusion; 7 Reality-Commitment; Introduction; 1. The realization of choice: Freedom, despair, urgency; 2. The reality of the self as gift and task; 3. Reality as repetition; Conclusion; 8 Community; Introduction; 1. Absurdity and rebellion: Two main themes of Camus's thought
  • 2. The role of the other: Kierkegaard and Sartre versus Camus3. Discovering the other: Wallace, Eggers and Foer; 4. Towards a dialogic community of meaning; Conclusion; Concluding Remarks; 1. Literature and philosophy; 2. Existentialist engagement; 3. Love me till my heart stops?; Acknowledgements; Works Cited; Index
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9781501322679
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Label
Existentialist engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer : a philosophical analysis of contemporary American literature, Allard den Dulk
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Half-Title; Title; Imprint; Contents; List of Abbreviations; Foreword; Introduction; 1. Aims and method; 2. An 'aesthetic sea-change' in American literature; 3. Outline of primary literary works; 4. Heuristic perspectives; 5. Outline of the study; Part One Problems; 1 Hyperreflexivity; Introduction; 1. Factors of heightened contemporary reflexivity; 2. Sartre's view of consciousness and self-reflection; 3. The alienation of self-reflection; Conclusion; 2 Endless Irony; Introduction; 1. Irony as an attitude towards existence; 2. Irony as negative independence
  • 3. Endless 'aesthetic' irony4. Meta-irony; Conclusion; Problematic Fiction; 3 Postmodernist Metafiction: John Barth.; Introduction; 1. Metafiction; 2. Deconstruction and metafiction; Conclusion; 4 Postmodernist Minimalism: Bret Easton Ellis.; Introduction; 1. General comparison; 2. Four aspects of the escalation of ironic-aesthetic existence; 3. A continuation of reflexive irony; Conclusion; Part Two Engaged Fiction; 5 Wittgenstein and Wallace: The Meaning of Fiction.; Introduction; 1. Wittgenstein: The temptation of essences; 2. Wittgenstein: The irrelevance of essences
  • 3. The virtues of the late-Wittgensteinian language view4. A late-Wittgensteinian view of fiction; Conclusion; Engagement; 6 Sincerity; Introduction; 1. Sincerity versus authenticity; 2. Sincerity: A Sartrean, existentialist ideal; 3. Case studies of sincerity: The fiction of Wallace, Eggers and Foer; Conclusion; 7 Reality-Commitment; Introduction; 1. The realization of choice: Freedom, despair, urgency; 2. The reality of the self as gift and task; 3. Reality as repetition; Conclusion; 8 Community; Introduction; 1. Absurdity and rebellion: Two main themes of Camus's thought
  • 2. The role of the other: Kierkegaard and Sartre versus Camus3. Discovering the other: Wallace, Eggers and Foer; 4. Towards a dialogic community of meaning; Conclusion; Concluding Remarks; 1. Literature and philosophy; 2. Existentialist engagement; 3. Love me till my heart stops?; Acknowledgements; Works Cited; Index
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897378712
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1 online resource
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781501322679
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unknown
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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9781628923339
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remote
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(OCoLC)897378712

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